CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Senator Creigh Deeds’ condition is improving at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he's recovering from multiple stab wounds.
Virginia State Police say Deeds’ 24-year-old son Gus stabbed him multiple times in the head and upper body after a fight at their Bath County home Tuesday morning. Gus died at the home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UVA Medical Center says Deeds is in good condition - that's an upgrade from fair. His family members were at the hospital with him Wednesday, regrouping and trying to make sense of what police say was an attempted murder-suicide.
Virginia State Police released more information Wednesday about the events that unfolded at Deeds' home following the investigation.
Virginia State Police now say Deeds and his son, Gus, had a fight outside their house on the Deeds' property in Bath County.
Investigators have recovered what they think was the weapon used to stab the state senator, but state police say the details on the weapon won't be released until the Department of Forensic Evidence confirms it was the weapon.
The Bath County sheriff confirms deputies were called to the Deeds' home Monday morning for a non-emergency call for assistance. No arrest was made and no charges were filed Monday.
Reportedly, an emergency custody order was issued for Gus Deeds to undergo a mental health evaluation Monday, but he was sent home. The head of the Inspector General Program for Behavioral Health in Virginia says an investigation is underway to find out exactly why he was allowed to be released. Some media outlets were told there were not enough beds, but the Washington Post has reported three nearby psychiatric hospitals did have beds available for him.
The Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke conducted an autopsy on Gus Wednesday morning. State police say the autopsy confirmed that Gus' gunshot wound was self-inflicted and fired from a rifle.
Police say state law prohibits any kind of firearm registration except for a machine gun so it is still undetermined who owned the gun. Police say the 911 recordings from Tuesday's incident will not be released because they are part of an ongoing investigation.
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.
Virginia State Police Press Release
November 20, 2013: RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia State Police and Bath County Sheriff’s Office continue to evaluate the evidence collected in the wake of Tuesday’s tragic incident at the Bath County residence of State Senator Creigh Deeds.
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 at 26 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 outside of their residence on the Deeds’ property. 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 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, as of Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 20), listed in good condition.
Gus Deeds was found inside the residence suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. Despite efforts by troopers and other first responders, he died at the scene. An autopsy and examination by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke, Va., confirmed the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and fired from a rifle.
A weapon believed to have been used in the stabbing of Senator Deeds was recovered at the scene yesterday. The type of weapon will not be released until the Virginia Department of Forensic Evidence makes confirmation of whether or not it was used in the attack.
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.
In response to inquiries about whether the Bath County Sheriff’s Office had responded previously to the Deeds’ residence: The Sheriff’s Office did respond to 26 Vineyard Drive on Monday (Nov. 18) to a non-emergency call for assistance. No arrest was made or any charges placed. Prior to Monday, the Sheriff’s Office has no record of any 911 or non-emergency calls to that residence.
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