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Senator Deeds in Fair Condition After Stabbing

Posted: Updated: Dec 03, 2013 02:36 PM
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Senator Creigh Deeds and his son Gus during 2009 campaign for governor. Senator Creigh Deeds and his son Gus during 2009 campaign for governor.
Photo from scene in Bath County outside Creigh Deed's home from WSLS Photo from scene in Bath County outside Creigh Deed's home from WSLS
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State Senator Creigh Deeds is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center Tuesday after being stabbed multiple times at his home. His son, 24-year-old Gus, died at the home from a gunshot wound, which police say was self-inflicted.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said authorities received a 911 call Tuesday morning and responded to Sen. Creigh Deeds' home in the Millboro community of Bath County. They found the Democratic senator with multiple stab wounds to his head and chest. He was flown to UVA Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to fair condition.

Deeds' 24-year-old son Austin 'Gus' Deeds was also found at the home, suffering from a gunshot wound. He later died at the scene. Gus' body was taken to the office of the medical examiner in Roanoke for autopsy.

Geller says no one else was in the house at the time of the stabbing.

In a press release (see below) police said that "after the stabbing, Senator 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."

In an afternoon press conference, Geller said the stabbing followed an “altercation” between the senator and his son. Based on the evidence they have they are investigating this as a likely attempted murder and suicide. A firearm was recovered from the house, but police are not commenting on the caliber or who owns the gun.

The motive for the assault is still under investigation. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Gus Deeds was released Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order. He was evaluated at a Bath County hospital, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located. Virginia State Police declined to comment on any mental health issues regarding Gus.

Geller said Senator Deeds was alert and has talked to investigators.

Creigh Deeds is a state senator who represents the 25th District which includes parts of Albemarle, Nelson, Bath, Rockbridge and Allegheny counties. He was first elected to the district in 2001. In 2009 he was the Democratic nominee for governor beating Terry McAuliffe in the primary but losing to Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election. In 2005 he unsuccessfully ran for Virginia attorney general.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Deeds and his first wife, Pamela Kay Miller, had four children. They divorced in 2010. He remarried Siobhan Gilbride Lomax of Lexington in June 2012.

Gus Deeds was a former student at William & Mary. They issued the following statement: "William & Mary is very saddened to hear this tragic news. Gus Deeds was a member of the William & Mary community. He had been enrolled as a student at William & Mary since 2007, though not continuously. He withdrew from the college last month and was not currently enrolled at the time of his death. Our hearts go out to the entire Deeds family."

Thursday night, University of Virginia Democrats and College Republicans will hold a vigil for Deeds, at 7:00 in UVA’s McIntire Amphitheater.


Virginia State Police Press Release 5:00 p.m.

The investigation continues into the tragic circumstances surrounding the stabbing of Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds and the death of his son at their Bath County residence.
 
At 7:25 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 19, 2013), Virginia State Police troopers and Bath County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at a residence on Vineyard Drive in Millboro, Va.

During the course of the ongoing criminal investigation, state police has determined that Senator Deeds, 55, and his son, Austin C. “Gus” Deeds, 24, had an altercation at the Deeds’ residence. Deeds was stabbed multiple times about the head and torso. Deeds then left the scene on foot. As he was coming down the hill of his residence towards 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 rescue responded. Senator Deeds was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm via Carilion Life-Guard 12 helicopter. Senator Deeds was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., for treatment of serious injuries.  The senator is still at the hospital at this time and listed in fair condition.

Gus Deeds 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. His remains have been transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office with the assistance of the Bath County Sheriff’s Office.


Virginia State Police Press Release 2:00 p.m.:

Virginia State Police and Bath County Sheriff's Office remain on-scene investigating an assault at State Senator Creigh Deeds' residence Tuesday morning (Nov. 19, 2013). 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.

After the stabbing, Senator 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 Senator Deeds, 55, stabbed multiple times about the head and upper torso. Senator Deeds was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm to a medevac helicopter and was flown to UVA Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  The senator is still at the hospital at this time.

Senator Deeds' son, Gus Deeds, 24, Millboro, Va., 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.

“Investigators are working now on confirming the motive and actual sequence of events that took place at the residence this morning,” said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson. “There is still a great deal of work to be done. These things take time and we will follow up with more details once we are at that stage.”

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office with the assistance of the Bath County Sheriff’s Office.


Virginia State Police Press Release 10:00 a.m.:

Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning (Nov. 19). Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence.

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 investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office.

Corinne N. Geller


Governor-Elect McAuliffe Statement on Senator Creigh Deeds: “Dorothy and I are praying for Senator Creigh Deeds and his family in the wake of this awful tragedy. This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is. We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery.”

Delegate David Toscano Statement on Deeds: "Senator Creigh Deeds is in critical condition at the UVA Hospital. He is being closely monitored and is in intensive care. This is a terrible tragedy. Senator Deeds was very close to his son Gus, and has taken herculean efforts to help him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and the family at this difficult time."


Governor Bob McDonnell Statement:  "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."


Attorney general - elect Mark Herring statement:  "I am stunned and deeply saddened by the news regarding my friend and colleague Senator Creigh Deeds and his family. Creigh has always been a fighter and a tireless advocate on behalf of Virginia families and on behalf of our Commonwealth that he loves so dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time."


Statement of Speaker William J. Howell on Senator Creigh Deeds:  "Cessie and I would like to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to Senator Creigh Deeds and his family. This is a tragic incident and something no one could ever imagine. We are thinking and praying for Creigh at this time."

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