Virginia State Senator Stabbed, In Critical Condition

Creigh Deeds, a former gubernatorial candidate is injured, and his son is dead.
by Ryan Holeywell | November 19, 2013 AT 4:20 AM
Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds ran for governor in 2009.
Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds ran for governor in 2009. David Kidd/Governing

Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed in his home, law enforcement agents told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Deeds was the Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2005 and governor in 2009, losing to Republican Bob McDonnell both times.

The exact details of the attack are unclear, but Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, told the newspaper that Deeds was stabbed several times before walking out a driveway and onto the road. From there, he was picked up by a cousin before being air lifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Deeds was stabbed multiple times around the head and upper torso, according to the police. The Washington Post reports that Creigh Deeds has been able to speak with investigators.

Virginia State Police say Deeds' son was found dead inside the home from a gunshot wound. It's unclear whether the wound was self-inflicted.

Police say nobody else besides Deeds and his son were home at the time of the attack, and law enforcement is not searching for any other suspects. Sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Deeds' son underwent a mental-health evaluation Monday.