Creigh Deeds, a longtime state senator who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Virginia in 2009, was hospitalized with stab wounds Tuesday in an incident in which his son died of a gunshot wound, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Deeds, a 55-year-old Democrat, was in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the newspaper said.
The circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately clear, the newspaper reports.
Deeds, a longtime state legislator, ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2005.
In 2009, he defeated Terry McAuliffe for the democratic nomination for governor, but lost to Bob McDonnell, the current Republican governor. McAuliffe recently won the race for governor as McDonnell's successor.
Democratic sources tell News4 that Deeds' son Austin "Gus" Deeds attacked his father Tuesday morning before turning a gun on himself. Police say Gus Deeds died at the scene.
Virginia State Police were called to Deeds' home at 7:25 a.m., and the senator was flown to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.