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UPDATE: Police believe senator was stabbed by son

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds Sen. R. Creigh Deeds

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Police say early indications are that the son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed his father before apparently shooting himself to death.

Authorities say 55-year-old Creigh Deeds -- the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 2009 -- is in fair condition at a hospital with stab wounds to the head and chest. He had been previously listed as critical.

Police say the politician's son, 24-year-old Gus Deed, was found dead early Tuesday at his father's house in rural western Virginia from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and that a gun was recovered.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller told a news conference that while investigators are "leaning" toward an apparent attempted murder-suicide, no definitive finding has been reached.

Deeds lost to current Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2009.

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