Virginia state senator and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed at his Bath County home, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Deeds’ son, Gus, was found dead at the home from a gunshot wound, the Times-Dispatch reported.
The Virginia State Police have confirmed a death at the Deeds household near Charlottesville and will hold a press briefing on the incident today at noon.
“At 7:25 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to Senator Deeds’ residence in Bath County. Senator Deeds was flown from the scene to UVA Hospital. A second individual at the residence is deceased,” the VSP statement reads.
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who defeated Deeds in the 2009 gubernatorial election and the 2005 attorney general race, quickly put out a statement on the tragedy.
“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.”
Deeds has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2001, before which he served in the House of Delegates.