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Creigh Deeds upgraded to fair condition after stabbing

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Police near Creigh Deeds' home in Bath County Police near Creigh Deeds' home in Bath County
Austin "Gus" Deeds, from a 2010 Face book photo Austin "Gus" Deeds, from a 2010 Face book photo
UVa Medical Center in Charlottesville UVa Medical Center in Charlottesville

Update 5:40 p.m. In a news release, Dennis Cropper Director of Rockbridge Area Community Services, said that they could not confirm or deny "whether or not anyone was issued an Emergency Custody Order (ECO)". The release did acknowledge that inquiries had been made related to the Creigh Deeds case. It continued "While we understand the nature of the questions, we also respect the family's privacy."

Several news outlets have reported that Austin "Gus" Deeds recently underwent a mental health evaluation under an Emergency Custody Order.

Update 3:54: Notes from the 3:30 State Police news conference.

  • Preliminary findings at this early stage is that the case is attempted murder-suicide. Motive & circumstances still under investigation.
  • Deeds and son only ones in home.
  • A gun was recovered, State Police won't say the type.
  • Lifeguard 12 airlifted Deeds to UVA Medical Center.  It's based at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington
  • Gus Deeds' body taken to Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy
  • Bath County Sheriff's Office got the original 911 call, then they called State Police for help.
  • Deeds' home is approx. 75 yards from Route 42, and up a hill (Deeds walked down the hill, then a cousin spotted him).
  • Gus Deeds suffered a single gunshot wound.
  • State Police are still working to piece together a timeline of events and motive for those events.

Update 2:40: The Rockbridge County Community Services Board is expected to release a statement concerning a recent mental health evaluation of Gus Deeds.

Update 2:35:  Creigh Deeds' son, Alvin "Gus" Deeds, age 24, was found inside the Deeds residence. State Police say he was "suffering from life-threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound". Gus Deeds was alive when officers arrived, but died at the scene despite efforts of the police and other first responders who were present.

Update 2:13: State Police say Creigh Deeds walked to the road, where he was spotted by a cousin who was driving by. The two drove to the cousin's residence, where they called 911. After police arrived, Deeds was transported to a nearby farm, where a medevac helicopter landed and took him to UVa Medical Center

Update: 1:01 p.m.:  From Tim Ciesco in Bath County - Va State Police First Sergeant Mike King confirms the body inside the house is Gus Deeds.  They also say Creigh Deeds was stabbed with a knife.

Update 12:22: In a news conference, State Police say State Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed several times around the head and upper torso. He suffered serious wounds. A 911 call came in to Bath County at  7:25. They responded and notified state police. The identity of the 911 caller is not being released at this time.

Austin "Gus" Deeds, 24, was found suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene. In the news conference, State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller did not said they're not currently seeking additional suspects. State Police on the scene tell Tim Ciesco that Gus Deeds died of a self-inflicted wound, but that was not confirmed during the news conference.

State Police add that Creigh Deeds has spoken to police multiple times.

Update 12:10 p.m.: State Police confirmed with Tim Ciesco that Creigh Deeds' son died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Update 11:45:

Our reporter on the scene, WSLS Ten's Tim Ciesco says, according to state police investigators, Deed's house is on Vineyard Drive, where the incident happened.

Around 7:30 a.m. there was a call regarding some sort of altercation. Deeds was stabbed multiple times. After he was stabbed, he left the property on foot, walked near Route 42, and that's where a family member picked him up. When emergency services was called, he was airlifted to the hospital.

A deceased male was still inside house. Authorities won't confirm who it is--- all they are saying is he was involved in an incident that took place.

No one else was in the house at the time that they know of.

Update 10:31: NBC Washington, quoting "Democratic sources" says Deeds' son Austin "Gus" Deeds attacked his father Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself. Police say Gus Deeds died at the scene.

Update 10:04: State Police say Creigh Deeds has been flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for serious injuries suffered in an assault at his residence. They responded to Deeds' home in Bath County at 7:25 a.m. 

State Police say "a second individual" at the home is deceased, but hasn't released more details at this time.

Creigh Deeds, a Democrat, has been a Virginia state senator since 2001, representing district 25 northeast of Richmond, which includes Charlottesville and several counties. He served in the House of Delegates for 10 years prior, and ran unsuccessfully for attorney general of Virginia in 2005 and governor in 2009.

Update: 10:02: Law enforcement says Deeds' son, Gus, was fatally shot during the incident.

Update: 9:56 Family members tell us that former candidate for Governor Creigh Deeds has been stabbed.

Delegate Greg Habeeb tweeted: "All politics aside. I hope all Virginians can stop and pray for Creigh Deeds and his family right now."

Original post:

The Bath County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police are investigating a stabbing incident in Millboro.

Officers are staging in an area along Nimrod Drive.

Authorities aren't releasing any other details at this point.  We have crews en route to the scene.  We'll post more information as it becomes available.

 

 

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