Virginia political figure was stabbed by son, authorities say

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — R. Creigh Deeds, a leading Virginia political figure who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2009, was stabbed repeatedly Tuesday at his home during an altercation with his son, who then died of a gunshot wound, authorities said.

Investigators believe that Deeds’s son, Gus, 24, stabbed his father before taking his own life. A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, Corinne Geller, described the episode as “an attempted murder-suicide.”


Deeds, 55, was in fair condition by late afternoon, after being flown by helicopter from rural Bath County, where he lives, to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was treated for multiple stab wounds to his head and upper torso.

Citing state law prohibiting disclosure of mental health information, Geller would not confirm or deny reports that Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday under an emergency order but had been released when there were no clinic beds available.

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Deeds won the Democratic primary for governor in 2009, but was defeated in the general election by Bob McDonnell.

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