NEW: Deeds Upgraded To Fair Condition
Son Reportedly Stabbed Senator Before Killing Himself
State Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times this morning by his son, Gus, at the senator's Bath County home. Gus Deeds then shot and killed himself. Creigh Deeds remains in critical condition at the Universitty of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
Deeds, who was stabbed "multiple times about the head and torso" area, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller, was flown to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville after the assault at his home in rural Bath County. Geller said Deeds remained in critical condition this afternoon.
The senator walked from his home after the altercation and met a cousin along the Va. 42 before police responded to a call at about 7:25 a.m., Geller said. Deeds has been able to talk with police, she said.
Details on what sparked the altercation have not been released.
The spokeswoman held a press conference shortly after noon Tuesday in Charlottesville. Another update is scheduled for around 3 p.m.
Deeds was able to speak to police both at the scene of the incident and at the hospital, Geller said.
A former Bath County prosecutor, he was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991 and to the state Senate in 2001, in a special election after the death of Emily Couric.
Deeds is well known statewide due to his unsuccessfull bids for attorney general in 2005 and governor 2009, both as the Democratic nominee. He lost to Gov. Bob McDonnell in both races, the former by just 400 votes out of nearly 2 million cast.
Even off of those campaign trails, Deeds has visited the Harrisonburg area a number of times, including in July 2012 for the opening of President Barack Obama’s local re-election office.
Now a defense attorney with an office in Hot Springs, Deeds occassionally appears at the Rockingham County Courthouse on behalf of clients in this area. Bath County is about an hour southwest of Harrisonburg.
McDonnell said in a statement the news of Deeds' stabbing and his son's death was “utterly heartbreaking.”
“Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service,” McDonnell said in the statement.
Gov.-elect McAuliffe called it a sad day for Virginia and the many people who know Creigh.
“We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery,” he said.
Deeds, who drafted a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians’ right to hunt, long enjoyed support from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates.
Deeds and his wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available.