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Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:56:31 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

U.S. state Senator Creigh Deeds stabbed, son shot to death



Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds is in critically injured after being stabbed multiple times at his home. Steve Helber/Associated Press

Virginia state Senator Creigh Deeds is in critically injured after being stabbed multiple times at his home. Steve Helber/Associated Press

Police say a Virginia state senator, R. Creigh Deeds, was stabbed Tuesday in his head and chest at his home, and his son died at the residence from a gunshot wound.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wouldn't say who stabbed Deeds or how his son was shot, but she did say authorities were not looking for any suspects. 

After the stabbing, Deeds was able to walk away from his home to a nearby road in rural western Virginia and a cousin who was driving by happened to spot the senator, police said. They drove to the cousin's home and an emergency call was placed from there. Deeds is in fair condition at the hospital, authorities said.

Inside the senator's home in Millboro, Va., authorities found Deeds' 24-year-old son, Gus, suffering from a gunshot wound. Despite efforts by state troopers and first responders, he died there.

Geller said they were still trying to figure out motive and the sequence of events.

"It's a very complex investigation," Geller said. She said police have been able to talk with the senator, but she wouldn't reveal what he said.

Deeds and his ex-wife, Pam, divorced in 2009 shortly after he lost a gubernatorial election as the Democratic nominee. He remarried last year but authorities would not say whether anyone else besides the senator and his son were in the home at the time of the attack.

Deeds' reputation among colleagues has been as a thoughtful legislator. On social issues, he is generally to the right of party liberals, supporting abortion rights, but opposing gay marriage and gun control measures. He wrote a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians' right to hunt and fish.

Gus Deeds is one of the senator's four adult children. He was studying music at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where he had been enrolled off and on since 2007, but withdrew last month, school spokesman Brian Whitson said. The college said he had a strong academic record. It did not say why he left.

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