Va. Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed by son Gus in attempted murder suicide, say police

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Virginia State Police said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that they are looking at the incident as a possible attempted murder-suicide.
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  • MILLBORO, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed multiple times inside his Bath County home. Late Wednesday morning, hospital officials shared that Deeds is now listed in good condition.

    Virginia State police say when authorities arrived at the home Deed's 24-year-old son Gus was barely conscious with a gunshot wound but died soon after.

    Investigators say the incident may have been a murder-suicide attempt.

    Sen. Creigh Deeds does have three other children. He was married a second time and has some young children who are now forced to deal with this family tragedy.

    What makes it even worse is that it appears that this family tried to get the 24-year-old help. Gus Deeds was struggling with some mental health issues so he was admitted into a mental health facility for just a few hours but he was released one day before the attack because of a lack of beds.

    The family home in Bath County was a crime scene Tuesday. Police say the 24-year-old son killed himself just outside the residence. They also say Gus Deeds stabbed his father numerous times toward the head and upper torso. The elder Deeds was able to run to safety, though. Fortunately, a cousin just happened to be driving by, and stopped to pick up the critically wounded state senator.

    Gus Deeds was found inside the residence suffering from life threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound. Despite the troopers' and first responders' efforts, he died at the scene.

    An autopsy will be conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke on Wednesday. 

    State police spokesperson Corinne Gellar said, "We're still piecing together the exact circumstances that led up to the altercation and followed afterwards but based on the evidence we have right now, we are looking at this as an attempted murder and suicide."

    Sen. Deeds and his 24-year-old son Gus were the only two at the home Tuesday morning, according to police. Now the fact that Gus Deeds was sent home from a mental health facility, some say highlights failures within the system that have been investigated before but nothing has been done yet to alleviate the problem.

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