Virginia State Senator and 2009 gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is in critical condition today after he was stabbed at his home by his son, Gus Deeds.
It is confirmed that Deeds’ son has been pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times in the head and upper torso. His son was found suffering from a gunshot wound and troopers and first responders attempted to treat him, but he died at the scene.
Deeds’ former opponent, Gov. McDonnell, issued a statement, calling the incident “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,” the statement said.
Police are unsure of the motive behind the attack, but are currently investigating what led to the tragic event and an update is expected to follow this afternoon.
Watch a report from a local news station in the video below: