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US state senator stabbed at Virginia home, son shot dead

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) -- A state senator was stabbed Tuesday in his head and chest at his home, and his son died at the residence from a gunshot wound, police said.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wouldn't say who stabbed Sen. R. Creigh Deeds or how his son was shot, but she did say authorities were not looking for any suspects.

The Democratic senator, who ran unsuccessfully for governor four years ago, was in critical condition at a hospital.

Authorities received an emergency call Tuesday morning and responded to the senator's home in rural Bath County in western Virginia, police said. They found the 55-year-old senator there with multiple stab wounds. Deeds' 24-year-old son, Gus, was also found there at the home, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Geller said they were still trying to figure out motive and the sequence of events.

"It's a very complex investigation," Geller said. She said police have been able to talk with the senator, but she wouldn't reveal what he said. She also did not say who made the emergency call.

Deeds and his wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign. Deeds remarried last year but authorities wouldn't say whether there were others in the home at the time.

Deeds, who drafted a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians' right to hunt, long enjoyed support from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates.

Deeds has been in the state Senate since 2001. He also ran for attorney general and governor, losing both times to current Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Deeds, a former Bath County prosecutor, was elected to Virginia's House of Delegates in 1991 and to the state Senate in 2001. He ran for attorney general in 2005, but lost to McDonnell, a Republican. The margin of victory was fewer than 400 votes out of nearly 2 million cast.

Deeds and McDonnell squared off again in 2009 in the race for governor but Deeds lost badly that time.

McDonnell said in a statement the news was "utterly heartbreaking."

"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," McDonnell said in the statement.

Gus Deeds is one of the senator's four adult children. He had been enrolled at the College of William and Mary off and on since 2007, and withdrew last month, school spokesman Brian Whitson said. The college did not say why he left.

During Deeds' bid for governor, his son took off a semester to join his dad on the campaign trail.

"He needs me and I need him," Deeds told a reporter in the fall of 2009, about campaigning with Gus.

"I've got to go through this campaign process but that doesn't mean I've got to be completely separated from my family the whole time," he said.

The new governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe, called it a sad day for Virginia and the many people who know Creigh.

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