After allegedly attacking his father, the 24-year-old reportedly shot himself. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police confirmed that early indications are that Gus Deeds attacked his father before shooting himself, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said.
Law enforcement sources are investigating what led to the violence. Just a day earlier, Gus Deeds had been evaluated under an emergency custody order for mental health issues, ...I have mentioned before the work by UC Berkeley Steven Segal concerning murder and mental illness. He found that 20% of the state to state variation in murder rates could be explained by availability of psychiatric beds. Even in states with relatively sensible involuntary commitment laws (like Virginia and Idaho), a lack of beds is very important.
Health officials said that no psychiatric bed was available for Deeds and so he was released.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/virginia-state-senator-creigh-deeds-critical-condition-stabbing-article-1.1521697#ixzz2l8IOySv
The November 19, 2013 Washington Post has more details, and more importantly, details on the problems of a shortage of psychiatric beds.