The son of longtime Virgina State Senator Creigh Deeds had been evaluated by psychiatrists the day before stabbing his father multiple times and taking his own life, police said Tuesday.
Austin "Gus" Deeds, 24, was evaluated under an emergency custody order, but not admitted because there were no beds available in a psychiatric ward across western Virginia, a state police spokeswoman told media.
Creigh Deeds, 55, is in critical condition at University of Virginia Medical Center after being stabbed multiple times in the head and torso. He left his home after the assault and was picked up by a cousin who took him to the hospital. Austin "Gus" Deeds died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police have been at the scene since 7:25 a.m.
Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell released a statement saying, “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. ... I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the commonwealth."
Deeds was first the Democratic nominee for state attorney general in 2005 and governor in 2009, but he lost both races. He has been a state senator since 2001.