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Va. Sen. Critical in Stabbing; Son Killed

Va. Sen. Critical in Stabbing; Son Killed
Posted November 19th, 2013 @ 10:49am by Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff

(NEWSERVirginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after being stabbed in what state police are calling an "assault" at his rural home early this morning—with Democratic sources telling NBC Washington that his son, Gus, was the one who stabbed his father before turning a gun on himself. Virginia State Police further confirm that Austin "Gus" Deeds is dead of a gunshot wound, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and will confirm only that they are not seeking other suspects at this time. The elder Deeds was airlifted to the University of Virginia for what a police rep describes as "serious" injuries; he was reportedly stabbed a number of times in the head and torso then walked down a private drive to a road where a cousin picked him up. It's unclear how the cousin was notified, but Deeds was taken to UVA from the cousin's farm.

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