Deeds was stabbed numerous times in the head and upper torso, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said during a news conference at Virginia State Police headquarters in Albemarle County on Tuesday afternoon. Virginia State Police will hold a 3:30 p.m. news conference to update the situation.

Deeds and his son were the only people in the home at the time of the stabbing.  Deeds was stabbed numerous times before he walked down Vineyard Drive and out on to Virginia State Route 42, where he was picked up by a cousin who lives nearby, state police said. Deeds was airlifted from his cousin's farm.

Creigh Deeds has spoken with investigators. Police are not looking for any suspects. It's not clear yet who called 911.

Authorities are trying to determine more about the sequence of events. Geller said that Bath County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about 7:25 a.m. Gus Deeds was found inside the residence with life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound, Geller said. Despite the response of emergency personnel, the senator's son died at the scene.

"It's a very complex investigation," Geller said.

Gus Deeds, 24, attended William & Mary College off and on since 2007. According to the school Deeds withdrew last month and was not enrolled at the time of his death. “Our hearts go out to the entire Deeds family,” a statement from William & Mary read.

Creigh Deeds was born in Richmond in 1958, but he has lived in Bath County for most of his life. His career has included two campaigns for statewide office.

Deeds ran for Attorney General in 2005.  That was the race he lost by 360 votes to Republican Bob McDonnell. In 2009 Deeds was the Democratic nominee in the race for governor. He also lost that race to McDonnell.

Deeds' political career began in Bath County. The earliest interview with Creigh Deeds in the WDBJ7 archive dates back to 1987, when he was running for Bath County Commonwealth's Attorney. He won that election.

By the fall of 1991 he was running for the House of Delegates. He spent 10 years in the House of Delegates, and then won a special election for the State Senate after Emily Couric died from pancreatic cancer.

During his campaign for Governor, Deeds often referred to his Bath County roots, saying it was almost beyond belief that a boy of humble beginnings from rural Virginia would have a chance to run for Governor.

Deeds has four children. Gus Deeds was his only son. Deeds and his wife, Pam, divorced shortly after the 2009 campaign. Deeds remarried last year.

During Deeds' bid for governor, his son took off a semester to join his dad on the campaign trail.

"He needs me and I need him," Deeds told a reporter in the fall of 2009, about campaigning with Gus.

"I've got to go through this campaign process but that doesn't mean I've got to be completely separated from my family the whole time," he said.

Deeds' reputation among colleagues has been as a thoughtful legislator. On social issues, he is generally to the right of party liberals, supporting abortion rights, but opposing gay marriage and gun control measures. He wrote a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Virginians' right to hunt and fish.

He proved to be a reserved campaigner in 2009, described as shy by his fellow lawmakers.

"I don't like fundraising. I don't like being away from home all the time," he said during the campaign. "I enjoy the service. I enjoy the work that politics allows you to do. I don't know that I really enjoy the process that much."

Del. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, whose district overlaps with Deeds', said in a statement: "Sen. Deeds was very close to his son, Gus, and has taken herculean efforts to help him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Creigh and the family at this difficult time."

Gov.-elect McAuliffe called it a sad day for Virginia and the many people who know Creigh.

"We join people across the Commonwealth and country in wishing him a full recovery," he said.

Statement from Governor McDonnell

“In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family.”

Virginia State Police News Release

Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning (Nov. 19). Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence.

At 7:25 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to Senator Deeds’ residence in Bath County. Senator Deeds was flown from the scene to UVA Hospital. A second individual at the residence is deceased.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office.

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Virginia State Police are investigating a stabbing in Bath County.

The incident is in the Millboro Springs area.

A source tells WDBJ7 that State Senator Creigh Deeds has been flown from Bath County to the University of Virginia Medical Center but it is unknown if these two events are connected.

Deeds represents the 25th District. He ran for governor in 2009.

Virginia State Police are setting up a media staging area. WDBJ7 has a crew on the way. Check back soon for more updates.

Here is the news release from Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning (Nov. 19). Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence.

At 7:25 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to Senator Deeds’ residence in Bath County. Senator Deeds was flown from the scene to UVA Hospital. A second individual at the residence is deceased.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office.