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Breaking: State Sen. Creigh Deeds Critically Wounded, Son Dead [UPDATED]

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Creigh Deeds and FamilyJust in from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his home and his son Gus is dead from a gunshot wound, law enforcement sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning. Deeds is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Authorities said they are trying to determine the sequence of events at the Deeds home in Bath County early today. In a news release, Virginia State Police said they responded to Deeds’ home in Millboro at 7:25 a.m., and that the lawmaker was flown from  to the U.Va. medical center.

“Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning,” the news release said. “Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to U.Va. Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence.”

Regarding Deeds’ son, state police would only say that “a second individual at the residence is deceased.”

Our thoughts & prayers are with Sen. Deeds and his family.

UPDATE 3:30 pm by Lowell: The Virginia State Police are holding another press conference with updates on this situation. Also, @PilotOnPolitics tweets, “@CreighDeeds condition upgraded to fair from critical, per UVA Med Center.” There was a 9/11 call at 7:25 am. Creigh Deeds and Gus “had an altercation.” Creigh left the scene on foot, encountered a cousin who was driving along, where rescue responded. Creigh was then transported to UVA Medical Center, where his condition is now listed as “fair” (upgraded from “critical”). Gus Deeds (24 years old) died at the scene from gunshot wounds. Investigators remain at the scene.  Motive and circumstances around altercation are the focus of the investigation. The Deeds family has passed along request to honor their privacy during this time, that the media not contact them.  Based on the evidence now, the police are looking at it as attempted murder and suicide. The police still are piecing together the exact sequence of events. Creigh was able to talk to investigators this morning. There was noone else (e.g., Creigh’s wife Siobhan) in the residence at the time of the altercation. A firearm has been recovered, no further details on that or the attempted murder weapon.

UPDATE 2:07 pm by Lowell: The RTD reports – “Gus Deeds had been released Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order, an official said…[Gus]  was evaluated Monday at Bath County hospital, Cropper said, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia.” That is seriously f’ed up.

UPDATE 12:05 pm by Lowell: The Roanoke Times tweets – “Update from reporter at scene (1/2): #CreighDeeds stabbed numerous times before walking on to Va. 42 …Update from reporter at scene (2/2): #CreighDeeds picked up by cousin who lives nearby, airlifted from cousin’s farm.”

UPDATE 11:39 am by Lowell: The Loudoun Times-Mirror (‏@LTMnews) tweets, “The Virginia State Police will hold a press briefing on the incident involving state Sen. Creigh Deeds today at noon.”

UPDATE by Lowell: NBC4 reports: “Democratic sources tell News4 that Deeds’ son Austin ‘Gus’ Deeds attacked his father Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself.”

  • “Senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition at the UVA Hospital. He is being closely monitored and is in intensive care.

    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. Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and the family at this difficult time.”

  • Many members of the local Democratic community were still reeling from the stabbing death of a North Carolina Democratic strategist in April.  

  • During the 2009 governor’s race, I was waiting on an elevator at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in Richmond & when the doors opened up, Sen. Deeds & his family were inside. I’d only met Creigh a couple of times but he saw me & without missing a beat said “Hi Miles, how are you?” It floored me because I’ve spent a lot more time with people who were a lot less busy who barely remembered meeting me, never mind my name.  

  • RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this morning following news from Bath County that State Senator Creigh Deeds has been seriously injured in a morning altercation. Senator Deeds is currently being treated at U.Va.

    “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.”

  • Senator Tim Kaine ‏(@timkaine): “Praying for Creigh’s recovery. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.”

    Mark Warner ‏(@MarkWarner): “Stunning news from Bath County. I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time.”

  • Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe): “Dorothy and I are praying for the Deeds family at this difficult time. -tm”

  • Sen. Mark Herring ‏(@SenMarkHerring): “Praying hard for @CreighDeeds and his family.”

    Del. Jennifer McClellan (@JennMcClellanVA): “Praying for @CreighDeeds and his family.”

    Del. Greg Habeeb ‏(@GregHabeeb): “All politics aside.  I hope all Virginians can stop and pray for Creigh Deeds and his family right now.”

    Del. Patrick Hope ‏(@HopeforVirginia): “Please pray for @CreighDeeds and his family.”

    Del. Alfonso Lopez (‏@Lopez4VA): “Please keep my friend State Senator @CreighDeeds and his family in your prayers. Tragic news this morning.”

  • …sigh. 🙂

  • Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (‏@lgbillbolling): “My thoughts & prayers are with Sen. Creigh Deeds & his family. I hope you will keep them in your prayers as well.  A truly tragic situation.”

  • RICHMOND, VA – Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Donald McEachin release the following statements on this morning’s tragic events involving Senator Deeds and his family.

    “Since coming to the General Assembly, Creigh Deeds has been a big asset to the legislature. This is a tragedy that no family should have to go through.  Our thoughts and prayers are for a full and speedy recovery.”  Said Senator Saslaw

    “My thougts and prayers are with my good friend Creigh and his family in this terrible, heartbreaking time.  We all pray for his complete recovery and that he and his family may find some peace and comfort in their future.” Said Senator McEachin

  • If true, a huge deal: “A source said no psychiatric bed was available, which is why Gus Deeds was released”

  • linda b

    Praying for the family.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Mental health needs to be a major issue in the next legislative session. Far too many families have few resources for dealing with mental health issues. We were told that mental health treatment would be front and center after the Virginia Tech shooting. Did not happen. Will the fact that a legislator suffered this time make a difference this time? Who knows. This is a national problem. Many states have ignored it. Virginia is one of the worst.

  • Creigh tweeted Monday morning: “The Shame of American Health Care http://nyti.ms/1dKSrCW

    Appropriate? Ironic? Other?

  • kindler

    Hang in there, Creigh.  We’re rooting for your speedy recovery.  

  • KathyinBlacksburg

    It seems only yesterday I was interviewing Creigh for a blog article before the general election for his gubernatorial run. This is just unfathomable…My thoughts and prayers are with him.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    I just spoke with a friend of the Deeds family who had spoken with his wife. The senator is out of surgery. No major arteries or organs were seriously damaged by multiple stab wounds. Part of the surgery was cosmetic involving wounds to the head. The family is with him at the hospital.

    We as a nation and a state have to confront the neglect of mental health services. It is disgraceful.