Virginia state senator stabbed

(Reuters) – A Virginia state senator and former gubernatorial candidate was stabbed and critically wounded at his home early on Tuesday, and his son was found dead of a gunshot wound, local media reported.

Creigh Deeds, a Democrat, was being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center where he was in critical condition, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper.

The paper quoted a Virginia State Police statement as saying authorities responded to Deeds’ home in Millboro, Virginia, at 7:25 a.m. local time (EST) and found the senator wounded.

The statement said another person was dead in the home, and the newspaper cited law enforcement officials as identifying that person as Deeds’ son.

Police did not immediately return calls from Reuters seeking comment.

Deeds, 55, was the Democratic nominee for state attorney general in 2005 and governor in 2009, but lost both races. He has been a state senator since 2001.

(Reporting by Karen Brooks; editing by Andrew Hay)

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