Investigation to review treatment of senator's son

Office of Inspector General to investigate Gus Deeds' release from emergency custody

POSTED: 07:27 PM EST Nov 20, 2013    UPDATED: 07:43 PM EST Nov 20, 2013 
Senator Creigh Deeds in committee

A Virginia official says an investigation has been opened into why the son of a state senator was reportedly released from emergency custody the day before he stabbed his dad and killed himself.

Douglas Bevelaqua is the head of the inspector general program for behavioral health in Virginia. He said Wednesday his office was looking into why Gus Deeds was reportedly released from Rockbridge Area Community Services. The center treats mental illness and substance abuse.

Police say Deeds stabbed his father, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, multiple times Tuesday.

Media outlets reported an emergency custody order was issued for Gus Deeds on Monday, but they have not said why.

State police say the sheriff's office responded to the senator's home Monday but also did not indicate why.