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Virginia Senator Deeds in fair condition after stabbing

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:57:36 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 19 2013 04:59:17 PM CST
Creigh Deeds

From SenatorDeeds.com

BATH COUNTY, Va. -

A Virginia senator is hospitalized with stab wounds following an apparent attempted-murder/suicide this morning.

As of Tuesday evening, State Senator Creigh Deeds -- a former gubernatorial candidate -- was listed in fair condition after a fight with his son.

Virginia State Police say Senator Deeds was stabbed at the family home in Bath County, near the West Virginia border.

Officers say Deeds' son died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Troopers and Bath County deputies arrived to find Senator Deeds stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso," said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

It's an act that has emotions running high all across the Commonwealth.

"Today we are not republicans or democrats.  We are all Virginians and we are all sending our thoughts and prayers out to Creigh and the family and the extended community there in Bath county," said Del. Terry Kilgore, a Republican with Virginia's 1st District.

Democratic Senator Creigh Deeds, the victim of a crime that leaves so many unanswered questions.

"At this time we are still piecing together the exact circumstances that led up to the altercation and that followed afterwards, but based on the evidence we have right now we are looking into this as an attempted murder and suicide," said Geller.

The person suspected of stabbing Deeds then taking his own life is the senator's 24-year-old son Gus.

"Deeds was able to leave the scene on foot and as he was coming down a hill of his residence toward Route 42 he encountered a cousin who lives nearby," said Geller.  "His cousin was driving along the highway there stopped picked up Senator Deeds and drove him to his residence where rescuers responded to that residence and attended to the senator."

From his cousin's house, Deeds was flown to a hospital.

Background:

Creigh Deeds, 55, has been in the State Senate since 2001.

He also ran for attorney general and governor, losing both times to current Governor Bob McDonnell.