CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds has been released from the hospital, three days after he was repeatedly stabbed by his son during an apparent attempted murder-suicide at the family’s rural home in Millboro, Va.
Deeds, 55, was discharged from the University of Virginia Medical Center Friday morning.
Gus Deeds, 24, was found at his father’s house in rural western Virginia, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
As police studied evidence into what led to the attack, a Virginia health official said his office opened an investigation into why the legislator’s son was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.
The mental health of Gus Deeds apparently came into question the day before the Tuesday’s attack at the family’s farm in western Virginia.
Media outlets reported an emergency custody order was issued for him, but they have not said why. He was taken to the Rockbridge Area Community Services center, which treats mental illness and substance abuse, but he was released because they couldn’t find a psychiatric bed for him. Several hospitals told news media after the stabbing that they had space.
Sen. Deeds was able to walk about 75 yards away from his home in Millboro, despite stab wounds in his head and chest on Tuesday, police said.
The elder Deeds made his first bid for statewide office in 2005 when he ran for attorney general and narrowly lost to Bob McDonnell in the general election. Four years later, McDonnell beat Deeds again — this time in the race for governor — though it was by a much wider margin.
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.
Deeds and his ex-wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign. He remarried last year.
Deeds’ current home is set in rural farmland, and aerial photographs showed a large white house on the property and a red barn nearby.
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