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. (Read more Creigh Deeds stories.)