Va. Senator Stabbed Multiple Times; Son Dead
Creigh Deeds airlifted after 'assault' at his home
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2013 9:37 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds reacts to his loss in the Virginia governor's race against Bob McDonnell, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed in what state police are calling an "assault" at his rural home early this morning—with Democratic sources telling NBC Washington that his son, Gus, was the one who stabbed his father before turning a gun on himself. Virginia State Police further confirm that Austin "Gus" Deeds is dead of a gunshot wound, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and will confirm only that they are not seeking other suspects at this time. The elder Deeds was airlifted to the University of Virginia for what a police rep describes as "serious" injuries; he was reportedly stabbed a number of times in the head and torso then walked down a private drive to a road where a cousin picked him up. It's unclear how the cousin was notified, but Deeds was taken to UVA from the cousin's farm.

Daily Progress has this quote from Delegate David J. Toscano: "This is a terrible tragedy. Senator Deeds was very close to his son Gus, and has taken herculean efforts to help him over the years." The Daily Progress notes that Gus was the 2007 valedictorian of his high school, and went on to attend William & Mary. Deeds, a prominent statewide political figure who narrowly lost the 2005 attorney general's race and resoundingly lost the 2009 gubernatorial race, both to current Gov. Bob McDonnell, represents rural Bath County.

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Nov 19, 2013 6:36 PM CST
I guess somebody will have to contact Longfellow. Sneaky, sneaky.
Nov 19, 2013 3:29 PM CST
How tragic! I can't believe this. Just 4 months ago my son's best friend being upset with his dad, also a politician, committed suicide and he was valedictorian of his class and was recognized because of his achievements in oceanography & marine biology. I'm shocked at the similarities.
Nov 19, 2013 2:47 PM CST
The “official story” stinks. Among other things, if you've got a gun to shoot yourself with, you don't stab someone you hate. You use the gun on them, too. It's at best unlikely, if not completely non credible that, with the suggested wounds Creigh Deeds would have been able to walk to get help. There's a lot of space between the head and the torso, and not wounding the victim in that enormous area is also at best suspicious. To say nothing of Deeds calling a cousin to pick him up rather than summon the police by 911. Since the police are supposedly not seeking other suspects, that means only those at the scene likely include the guilty. This is all consistent with Deeds killing his son himself, wounding himself superficially, contacting his cousin to “get his story straight” and conniving with police who apparently are paid not to acknowledge it's suspicious, among other things, that Deeds didn't call 911.