Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in the head and torso inside his home today.
Deeds, 55, was flown from his home in Bath County and is being treated at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. The hospital says Deeds is in critical condition.
Officials also found his 24-year-old son, Gus, suffering injuries from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He later died at the scene, according to reports.
Virginia and national Democratic sources cited Virginia law enforcement authorities as alleging that Gus Deeds stabbed his father and shot himself.
That has not been officially confirmed by police, who say they are still searching for a motive, but they are not looking for any suspects at this point.
Virginia State Police Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller said authorities responded to the home at 7:25 a.m. local time after receiving a 911 call.
"It's a very complex investigation," Geller said, adding that the police have been able to talk with the senator, but she wouldn't reveal what he said.
Deeds, a former Bath County prosecutor, was elected to the House of Delegates in 1991 and to the state Senate in 2001, in a special election after the death of Emily Couric.
In 2005, he lost a Virginia attorney general race to now-GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell, with a margin of victory of less than 400 votes out of nearly 2 million.
In 2009, the Democrat lost again to McDonnell, this time in the governor’s race.
"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking,” McDonnell said.
“At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family."
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe called it a sad day for Virginia: "We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery," he said.