Deeds was transported to the University of Virginia hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence, the VSP said. Deeds was initially reported in critical condition with stab wounds. His condition was upgraded to fair condition, according to media reports Tuesday afternoon.
Deeds’ son Gus reportedly died of a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted.
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, the VSP said.
After suffering stab wounds, 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 Deeds stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso. The senator was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm, placed on a medevac helicopter and flown to UVA Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, the police said.
Deeds’ son, Gus Deeds, 24, of Millboro, 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, the VSP said.
“Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning,” said Corinne Geller, a VSP spokesperson.
Deeds’ son was evaluated under an emergency custody order by mental health professionals on Monday and released, a source familiar with the evaluation told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The emergency custody order allowed Austin C. “Gus” Deeds to be held as long as four hours to determine whether he should be held longer, up to 72 hours, under a temporary detention order, the source said. The son was evaluated by the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board in Lexington. An emergency custody order can be released by any magistrate.
The source said no psychiatric bed was available and the son was released, according to the paper.
Deeds, 55, twice battled Bob McDonnell for statewide office, with McDonnell prevailing in elections for attorney general and then governor.
“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,” McDonnell said in a statement.
A Hot Springs lawyer, Deeds was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991 and to the state Senate in 2003.
Deeds and his first wife, Pamela Kay Miller, had four children: Amanda, Rebecca, Gus and Susannah, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Amanda, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and Gus, then a junior at the College of William and Mary, took time off to campaign for their father in 2009 when he ran for governor.
Deeds and his first wife divorced in 2010. The Washington Post reported at the time that the marriage was “a casualty of a nearly 20-year pursuit of a lifelong ambition that kept him away from home.”
Deeds married Siobhan Gilbride Lomax of Lexington in June 2012, the Times-Dispatch reported.