UPDATE: Deeds in Fair Condition after Stabbing, Investigation Continues

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November 19, 2013

UPDATE 7:25 p.m.

There are still many questions about what led to the stabbing of popular Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the death of his 24-year-old son in Bath County as the police investigation continues.

The incident happened in Millboro around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. State police say Deeds and his son, Gus, got into a fight that turned violent.

Deeds was stabbed multiple times in the face and upper torso, and his son died of a gunshot wound. Police said they recovered a weapon from the scene but have not divulged many details about it.

Deeds left his home and walked down Route 42 when a cousin spotted him on the road. The cousin took him to his house, where they called authorities. Deeds was then taken to a relative's farm, where he was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in critical condition.

When authorities arrived to Deeds' home to find his son, Gus Deeds had life-threatening injuries. He later succumbed to this injuries at the scene.

While police say it's too early to determine a motive, they're looking into the possibility of an attempted murder and suicide.

Gus Deeds' body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

UPDATE 3:57 p.m.

Police say early indications are that the son of Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed his father before shooting himself to death.

"Based on evidence that we have right now, we are looking into this as an attempted murder and suicide," Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said.

UPDATE 3:01 p.m.

Officials have upgraded Sen. Creigh Deeds' condition to fair.

UPDATED 2:28 p.m.

State Sen. Creigh Deeds is in the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in his home early Tuesday morning.

At 7:25 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to Deeds' residence in Bath County after receiving a 911 call. Officers discovered the 55-year-old senator had been stabbed multiple times in and around the head and torso.

According to police, the senator's son, 24-year-old Austin "Gus" Deeds, also suffered injuries, and later died of an apparent gunshot.

Law enforcement officials say the senator was able to walk away from the house and was picked up by a cousin who was driving by. The call to 911 came from the cousin's home.

Emergency crews airlifted Deeds to UVa. Medical Center. Officials confirm that Deeds is in critical condition, but say he was able to communicate with police and first responders who came to his home.

Investigators say they are not searching for a suspect. They are looking into a possible motive, as well as the sequence of events.

Deeds was elected to the state Senate in 2001 in a special election after the death of Emily Couric.

In 2005, Deeds ran for Virginia attorney general but lost to Bob McDonnell. In 2009, Deeds lost again to McDonnell in the governor's race.

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