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Bath County Sheriff says law enforcement responded to home one day before fatal altercation

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:57:36 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 19 2013 11:43:04 PM EST

Investigators are still trying to figure out how an altercation started between a Virginia Senator and his son

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

WDBJ 7 has learned that Tuesday morning's altercation at Senator Creigh Deeds' house was not the first time law enforcement had been called out to the residence in Bath County.

As of Tuesday night, Deeds was listed in "fair condition" at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

"I think the whole community is shocked like I said we know this family," said Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how Deeds and his 24 year old son , Gus, managed to get into an altercation at their home in Millboro.

"Deeds was stabbed multiple times throughout the head and upper torso," said Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corrine Geller. "Deeds was able to leave the scene on foot and as he was coming down the hill of his residence towards Route 42 he encountered a cousin that lives nearby."

Deeds was airlifted to The University of Virginia Medical Center as first responders tried to save his son's life back at the house.

According to Virginia State Police, Gus died at the scene from a single gunshot wound. For many, the news has not settled in yet.

"We've known him for a number of years," said Plecker. "It's just not a good thing when you come out and deal with people you know everyday and see everyday, but it's still something you have to deal with."

According to Plecker, deputies responded to the Senator's home just one day before the fatal shooting. Plecker declined to go into detail regarding the nature of the call, but said Gus will be missed by many.

"Gus attended our high school," he said. "I was a coach at that time. I've been around him. I know him. Know his dad, real well. My major knows the family real well. When you say run-ins, no. They've all been good run-ins."

Many details have yet to come to light as to how this incident unfolded less than 24 hours ago.

Investigators recovered the firearm that was used but have not released who it belongs to at this point. For now they're just trying to piece together the sequence leading up to this tragic event.

"Obviously the motive, the absolute circumstances surrounding what led up to the altercation is still very much the focus of this investigation," said Geller.