Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds is in critical condition after his son reportedly stabbed him Tuesday morning in their Bath County home.
Deeds' son, Austin “Gus” Deeds, attacked his father and fatally shot himself, sources told NBC Washington.
Police was called to the Deeds’ home at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.
Deeds, 55, has been a Democratic state senator since 2001, representing the 25th District in western Virginia.
He was a onetime gubernatorial candidate in Virginia. The Democrat lost to Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2009.
"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 in a statement. “At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family."
"This is a truly sad day for Virginia and for the many people who know Creigh as the fine public servant and friend he is," said Virginia Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe. "We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery."
Gus Deeds, whose age is unknown, was a student at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., in 2009. He helped during his father’s 2009 campaign. His parents divorced after 20 years of marriage in 2010. He has three sisters.