CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Creigh Deeds, a veteran state senator and unsuccessful candidate for governor of Virginia in 2009, was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds Tuesday in an incident at his southern Virginia home that left his 24-year-old son dead, state police said.
Deeds, 55, was listed in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
The popular Democratic legislator suffered serious stab wounds to his head and upper torso, Corinne Geller, spokesperson for the Virginia State Police told reporters.
She said troopers responded to an early morning 911 call to Deeds’ residence in Millsboro where they found Deeds’ son, Gus, alive but suffering gunshot wounds. He died at the scene, Geller said.
Geller said troopers were still investigating the circumstances of the incident but were not searching for any assailants.
WSLS-TV quoted police investigators at the scene as saying Deeds had left the property on foot after being stabbed and walked to a nearby highway where he was picked up by a family member.
Deeds had four children with his first wife, whom he divorced in 2010. He remarried in 2012.