Austin Gus Deeds, 24, is reported to have stabbed his father, State Senator Creigh Deeds, early on the morning of November 19 at the family home in Millboro, Virginia, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
A police press conference confirmed that Senator Creigh Deeds had been stabbed in the head and torso multiple times in his house on 26 Vineyard Drive in Millboro, Virginia. Inside the home, emergency responders found Gus Deeds with life threatening injuries that were consistent with a single gun shot wound, that's believed to have been self-inflicted. First responders attempted to save Gus Deeds life but the 24-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. A police spokesperson confirmed that the senator and his son had an "altercation" on the morning of November 19. There was nobody else in the home at the time of the attack.
ABC 13 further reports that after being stabbed, Senator Deeds stumbled out of his house and on to route 42 which is 45 yards from the house. He was found by his cousin who lives nearby. From there, Senator Deeds was brought to his cousin's farm, where he was then transported via helicopter to a hospital. His condition has been upgraded to "fair" as of 3:30 p.m. on November 19. The former Gubernatorial candidate was flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, reports WTVR.
Here's what you need to know about him:
1. He Was Turned Away From Mental Health Care Because There Was No Available Bed
According to a report in The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Gus Deeds had a mental-health evaluation on Monday November 18. A source tells the paper that an emergency custody order, ECO, had been placed on Gus Deeds to see if he should be placed in custody for a longer period. The source goes on to say that the reason Deeds wasn't held was due to a lack of available beds.
2. He Dropped Out of College Last Month
He was a student William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. The school told Washington Post reporter Rosalind Helderman that Deeds "withdrew" from the school in October 2013 and had attended the school "off and on" since 2007.
A further release by William & Mary says that Deeds was a "music major," with a "strong academic record."
3. He Was Arrested For Drinking During His Dad's Failed Campaign For Governor
As a junior at William & Mary he took time off from his studies to help his father's failed gubernatorial. During the campaign, he weighed in on college tutition fees:
I know that he’s [Creigh Deeds] used to having to see how much tuition goes up. He’s seen it over six years. Last year I got nothing but e-mails about budget cuts from the president of William and Mary.
When I’m talking to students about education, I tell them [that] if Mr. McDonnell gets elected, you’re going to get more emails about budget cuts.
He also took to handing out fliers with his sister, Amanda, on the campus of George Mason University, telling reporters: "Young voters hold a lot of swing." He was present at a post-voting party at their home on Vineyard Drive in Millboro.
During the campaign, The Washington Post called him a "gregarious 20-year-old" who is "playing banjo and going solo to drum up votes a campuses across the state."
During his father's failed gubernatorial run he was charged with underage alcohol possession, the charges were later dropped. Deeds was 20 at the time, reports Hampton Roads.
The news outlet reported that Deeds' alcohol possession was unearthed by "political operatives," and that:
During his time in the legislature, [Creigh] Deeds, a state Senator, has voted to stiffen criminal penalties for underage consumption of alcohol.
In November 2009, somebody named Gus Deeds made this post on the forum Fairfax Underground:
The post reads:
Maybe Dad should have spent less time campaigning and more time being a good parent. Dad, concede already, I need you!
4. Gus Does Not Seem Political
Deeds' Facebook page says that he is "too busy with love to care about politics." His social media profile also indicates that he speaks Spanish and Arabic.
5. He Has Three Sisters
Deeds is the only son of Creigh Deeds and Pamela Kay Miller. His mother and father divorced in 2010. The couple had three daughters, Amanda, Rebecca and Susannah. The Washington Post reported during the 2009 campaign:
Amanda: 24, graduated from James Madison University with a double major in anthropology and geography.
Rebecca: 22, graduated in June with a English degree from the University of Virginia.
Gus: 20, a junior at William & Mary.
Susannah: 17, a junior at Bath County High School.
A police spokesperson has said that only Gus Deeds, his father, Creigh Deeds and Pamela Kay Miller lived at the home on Vineyard Drive.