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Sen. Creigh Deeds, discharged from hospital: ‘I am alive so must live’
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Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has been discharged from the hospital after being stabbed earlier in the week before his son, Gus, died from what police say is a self-inflicted rifle shot wound.
“I am alive so must live. Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me,” Mr. Deeds, Bath Democrat, tweeted Friday morning.
Mr. Deeds and his son had an altercation outside of his Millboro home Tuesday, and Mr. Deeds was stabbed multiple times in the head and torso, police said.
After the stabbing, Mr. Deeds walked down the hill from his house to Route 42, where he was spotted and picked up by a cousin driving along the road. The two drove to the cousin’s residence and called 911, police said.
After authorities arrived, Mr. Deeds was taken in an ambulance to a nearby relative’s farm and a medical evacuation helicopter.
Authorities, who responded at 7:25 a.m. to the 911 call, also found the young Deeds suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He died at the scene.
An autopsy confirmed the wound was self-inflicted and that the shot was fired from a rifle.
A weapon believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered from the scene, but the type of weapon will not be released until the Virginia Department of Forensic Evidence confirms whether or not it was used in the attack.
Police said the Bath County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence at 26 Vineyard Drive on Monday to a “non-emergency call for assistance,” but that no arrest was made or any charges placed. Before Monday, the office has no record of any 911 or non-emergency calls to the residence.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has ordered his Secretary of Health and Human Resources to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s mental health services and has said he’ll weigh providing additional resources in his outgoing two-year budget proposal he’ll unveil next month.
The Office of the State Inspector General (OSIG) is also investigating the circumstances surrounding events that occurred Monday, when Gus Deeds underwent a mental health evaluation but was released because officials did not find space for him in a facility before an emergency custody order expired.
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