(WTKR-TV) A Virignia state senator is fair condition after being stabbed in his home early Tuesday.
Investigators believe Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed in his head and chest by his son Gus, who then shot and killed himself.
Gus Deeds was given a mental evaluation Monday under an emergency order but he was released because there was no room in area mental facilites.
WTKR-TV reports Deeds is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Virginia State Police say they responded to Deeds’ home in Bath County at 7:25 a.m. Deeds was flown to Charlottesville from the scene.
Creigh Deeds ran for attorney general in 2005 and governor in 2009, both times losing to Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell released a statement Tuesday morning following the incident:
“In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is 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. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family.”
Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe also sent out a statement regarding the incident:
“Dorothy and I are praying for Senator Creigh Deeds and his family in the wake of this awful tragedy. This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is. We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery.”
Gus Deeds had been a student at William and Mary since 2007. He withdrew from the college last month.
The school released a statement saying in part:
“William & Mary is very saddened to hear this tragic news…Our hearts go out to the entire Deeds family.”