Best wishes to Creigh Deeds

State Senator Creigh Deeds is reported in fair condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after being stabbed multiple times Tuesday morning at his home in Bath County.

Creigh’s son Gus, who suffered from psychiatric problems, reportedly attacked his father before shooting himself to death.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports:

Gus Deeds had been released Monday following a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order…

Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge County Community Services Board, [said] the emergency custody order, or ECO, allowed Gus Deeds to be held as long as four hours to determine whether he should be kept longer, up to 48 hours, under a temporary detention order.

The son was evaluated Monday at Bath Community Hospital, Cropper said, but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across a wide area of western Virginia.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and his family at this difficult time.

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