November 19th, 2013
10:31 AM ET
9 years ago

Virginia legislator in critical condition after home assault

Updated 11:26 a.m. ET, 11/19/13

(CNN) - Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was hospitalized for "serious injuries" after an assault Tuesday morning at his house in Bath County, where a second individual was found dead, Virginia state police said.

Deeds was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he remains in critical condition, according to spokesperson Angela Taylor.

Taylor could not provide additional details.

Deeds ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for governor against Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009 and as the Democratic nominee for Attorney General–also against McDonnell–in 2005. He narrowly lost the latter race in a recount.

McDonnell released a statement calling the news "heartbreaking."

"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," he said. "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. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him."

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, who won this month's gubernatorial contest, also released a statement.

"Dorothy and I are praying for Senator Creigh Deeds and his family in the wake of this awful tragedy," the Democrat said. "This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is. We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery."

Other lawmakers from Virginia reacted on Twitter.

Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Get well soon, sir.

    November 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. fod

    Truly tragic. I hope Mr. Deeds pulls out of this. Life hasn't been easy for him lately, and this is just heart-rending. Very sad.

    November 19, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Dave

    It was a stabbing people. No gun murder here.

    November 19, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Hoagie58

    The slain man is being reported as Mr. Deed's son. Prayers for the family. I hope the assailant is quickly caught, and that justice is swift. Get well soon, Senator.

    November 19, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. John Q

    Local news agencies are reporting that the deceased is his son.

    November 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Neal

    The local report is that it is a domestic violence incident. He was stabbed by his son who then committed suicide.

    November 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. veggiedude

    "Virginia State Senator and former gubernatorial-hopeful Creigh Deeds was reportedly stabbed by his son, who then shot and killed himself." Taken from a local news source.

    November 19, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Brad

    His son Gus was the other thats been found deceased of a gunshot wound.

    November 19, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Debra Elkins Dickey

    I hope he recovers, such a terrible thing.

    November 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. GM53

    Stabbed by his own son. Wonder why.

    November 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. dubrats

    new york daily news reports his son stabbed him then shot himself....very sad.

    November 19, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Gary Phillips

    I have a feeling that there's a lot more to this story than we have heard so far.

    November 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Stuck in a grind

    So sad, hope the dead person is the perp.

    November 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. flipperdoodle

    sounds like his son attacked him and he shot him to survive

    November 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Pete

    Get well sir and I hope the dead one was your assailant ..Nobodies above criminal activities these days even in influential neighbourhoods as his might be..Good luck again and get well soon...

    November 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. A True Conservative

    Wishing him a quick and total recovery.

    November 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. betterdays

    Home invasions are not good. Hope he recovers completely. Meanwhile, CNN is fishes for "offended" atheists with the three tweets posted; let's see what happens...

    November 19, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Anonymous

    From what I just read, this is very sad indeed.
    My prayers for the family.............they will need the support.

    November 19, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. debbie

    praying for you and your family during this very difficult time. i am so so sorry for your loss. may God give you His comfort.

    November 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Republican from VA

    I am a Republican but wish this senator a speedy recovery.

    November 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Kev

    As the world continue to do down in flames.

    Normally, they would give general information like a "break-in" it was someone on the outside. They used "assault". Sounds like something that happened between family in the home. Guess we'll have to wait for the facts. Hope he recovers

    November 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. jen

    so what happened?

    November 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Deovo

    Will the best come to this man.

    November 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. duane - st.pete FL

    tha's awful....

    November 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Vic

    Even his Republican opponents have respect for Creigh Deeds. He is a good American and great Virginian. We wish him a speedy recovery!

    November 19, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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