Creigh Deeds, just before announcing his candidacy for Virginia governor in 2005. Deeds is in critical condition after being attacked by his son. PHOTO: Waldo Jaquith
Creigh Deeds, a Virginia State Senator, was attacked by his own son, Gus Deeds. Creigh Deeds was stabbed in the head and upper torso. Gus Deeds allegedly shot himself after attacking his father and died later. Authorities do not know of a motive, and are not currently looking for a suspect. The attack left Creigh Deeds in critical condition, and is currently being cared for at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.
Deeds, a rural Democrat was known statewide and twice ran for governor. In 2005, he fell just 400 votes shy of defeating Bob McDonnell (who is at the very end of his time as Virginia Governor). Creigh Deeds also ran against McDonnell in 2009 and lost. He was known as a staunch pro-gun advocate.
Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement expressing his sadness and praying for a full recovery for Creigh Deeds:
"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.”
Virginia Governor elect Terry McAuliffe said that "We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery.”
When Creigh Deeds was taken to the hospital he had the wherewithal to speak to law enforcement.