Concerns Were Voiced About Gus Deeds' Mental Health


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- More details are unfolding about what happened before police say Gus Deeds stabbed his father.

In the days before, law enforcement issued an emergency custody order for Deeds.

According to state law, the process of this emergency custody order all started when someone, it could have been a family member, a neighbor or a friend of Gus Deeds, went to the local magistrate's office and explained in detail concerns they had about Gus Deeds' mental health.

The magistrate found substantial reasoning to send sheriff's deputies to the Deeds' home after that meeting and Gus Deeds was then taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

While we don't know many details about Gus Deeds mental health history, this shows his behavior had someone concerned.

Earlier this week, Chap Peterson, a Deeds family friend, told CNN about the times he remembered seeing both Creigh and Gus on the campaign trail.

"Gus was his driver. They traveled together. Creigh tried to make time for him to travel together and I know that as a father he had a lot of concerns about his son, just issues involving dropping out of school and things of that nature," said Peterson.

Several lawyers said these emergency custody orders are not uncommon.

Also according to a magistrate, just because someone came forward with concerns does not mean Gus Deeds needed to be hospitalized.


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