Prominent Virginia Lawmaker Stabbed, Son Shot Dead

November 19, 2013

Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator in Virginia who was his party’s 2009 gubernatorial nominee, “is in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after he was stabbed in his home Tuesday morning,” Richmond’s WRIC-TV reports.

The station and the Richmond Times-Dispatch say that Deeds’ son Gus is dead from a gunshot wound, citing law enforcement sources. The Times-Dispatch writes that “authorities said they are trying to determine the sequence of events at the Deeds home in Bath County,” in the central part of the state along the border with West Virginia.

Deeds, 55, lost the 2009 race to Republican Robert McDonnell by almost 17.5 percentage points. Gus Deeds was in his early- to mid-20s, according to reporting from the Times-Dispatch.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. Elder Deeds Seriously Injured, Son Dead, State Police Confirm:

Austin “Gus” Deeds, 24, died at the scene, Virginia State Police just confirmed at a news conference (we listened via WTOP radio). Calling the incident an “assault” but not giving any other details about what happened, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said that the elder Deeds was found with multiple stab wounds to his head and upper torso. He’s being treated for serious injuries.

Gus Deeds was alive when officers got to the home, state police say, and died despite efforts to save him.

Update at 11:10 a.m. ET. News Conference Soon:

Virginia State Police plan a noon ET news conference, according to WWBT-TV and other news outlets. Authorities have not yet publicly confirmed that the person found dead at the home was Deeds’ son.

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