UPDATE: State Senator in Hospital After Assault at His Home

By: WHSV Newsroom
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia State Police and Bath County Sheriff's Office remain on-scene investigating an assault at State Senator Creigh Deeds' residence Tuesday morning.

Early indications are son of Virginia State Senator stabbed his dad before killing himself.

At 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, troopers responded to a 911 call for a residence on Vineyard Drive in the Millboro community of Bath County.

After the stabbing, Senator Deeds left the scene on foot and walked down the hill of his residence to Route 42. The injured senator was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving along Route 42. The two drove to the cousin’s residence where the 911 call was placed to the sheriff’s office.

Troopers and Bath County deputies arrived to find Senator Deeds, 55, stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso.

Senator Deeds was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm to a medevac helicopter and was flown to UVA Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The senator is still at the hospital at this time.

Senator Deeds' son, Gus Deeds, 24, Millboro, Va., was found inside the residence suffering from life-threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound.

Despite efforts by troopers and other first responders, he died at the scene.

“Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning,” said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson. “There is still a great deal of work to be done. These things take time and we will follow up with more details once we are at that stage.”

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office with the assistance of the Bath County Sheriff’s Office.

Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement following the assault.

“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.”

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe released a statement following the assault.

"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.”

Senator Mark Obenshain also released a statement.

"Senator Creigh Deeds is a friend and a committed and respected public servant. The humble leadership he has provided on countless important issues serves as an example to others who serve. Suzanne and I join colleagues, friends and the thousands of people across Virginian he has touched in praying for Creigh and his family; praying especially for his physical recovery and for strength, peace and healing for the entire family."


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