Police: Deeds Suffered Multiple Stab Wounds, Son Died From Apparent Gunshot Wound

AP

Police confirmed that Democratic Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times while his son died from an apparent gunshot wound in an incident Tuesday morning at the lawmaker’s Millboro, Va. home.

Corinne Gellar, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, said in a press conference that Deeds suffered multiple stab wounds about the head and upper torso. 

She confirmed that a second individual found dead at the residence was Deeds’ son Austin, 24, also known as Gus. Gellar said state troopers found Gus at the residence suffering from life-threatening injuries associated with a gunshot wound, and despite first responders’ efforts, he died at the scene.

Gellar said police were still investigating the motive for the incident as well as the sequence of events that occurred, but are not seeking other suspects.

Deeds was able to leave the home on foot and was picked up by a relative driving along a nearby road, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.

“After the stabbing, Senator Deeds left the scene on foot and walked down the hill of his residence to Route 42,” the news release read. “The injured senator was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving along Route 42. The two drove to the cousin’s residence where the 911 call was placed to the sheriff’s office.”

Deeds was transported by ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm, where a medevac helicopter flew him to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. for treatment of serious injuries, according to the news release.

Deeds was able to make some statements to investigators at the hospital, according to Gellar. 

This post has been updated.

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