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Virginia State Sen. in Critical Condition After Stabbing at Home, Son Found Dead at Residence

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"Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning."

Senator Creigh Deeds

UPDATE -- 3:45 p.m:

Virginia State Police confirmed at a press briefing that they are investigating the incident as a possible attempted murder and suicide. A spokeswoman added that the state senator was stabbed multiple times in the head and torso, but is now listed in fair condition.

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Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) is hospitalized and in critical condition after being stabbed at his home Tuesday morning where police also found his son dead at the scene, authorities said.

Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds

In a statement, Virginia State Police said they responded to the state senator's home at 7:25 a.m. and said Deeds was immediately airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

"Virginia State Police are on the scene of an assault of a state legislator that took place Tuesday morning," the statement said. "Senator Creigh Deeds has been transported to U.Va. Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the assault at his residence."

WRC-TV reported that "Democratic sources" told them that Deeds' son attacked the lawmaker Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself.

At a press conference, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller did not confirm this, only saying Deeds' son "did pass away at the scene" and that police are "not looking for any suspects at this point."

Geller added authorities "are not releasing who called 911" at this point.

"We are less than five hours into this investigation," she said. "There is still a lot of work to be done."

Deeds has served as a state senator since 2001.

This article has been updated to include new information.

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