We still don't know all of the circumstances that lead to the violent confrontation, but the tragic events in Bath County are raising questions about access to mental health services, and funding for critical programs in the state.
Creigh Deeds is a respected member of the State Senate and someone who is well-liked by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Today, we heard from Senators John Edwards and Ralph Smith, who said they are praying for Deeds and his family.
That means he's held at a hospital for up to six hours to see if he needs to be placed into temporary detention. But he was released because there were no psychiatric beds available for him in western Virginia.
The State Senate has just 40 members. It's a close-knit community even among colleagues on opposite sides of the aisle. Tuesday they reacted to the news that Senator Creigh Deeds had suffered serious injuries.