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Sheriff describes Gus Deeds as a "Nice kid"

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BATH COUNTY, VA -

At the family's request, police block the entrance to the deeds home on vineyard drive in Bath County.

No one enters but the family.

The home is a crime scene after Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and his son fatally shot in what police are calling an attempted murder-suicide.

"I think the whole community is shocked," Sheriff Robert Plecker said.

The Sheriff's office reveled deputes were called out to the Deeds' house Monday morning prior to the altercation. He says the nature of the call was a "typical" and didn't alarm him. He said the family requested assistance.

He would not comment if it was related to the mental status of Gus Deeds, but as the Richmond times dispatch the 24-year-old underwent a mental health evaluation Monday, performed under an emergency custody order.

The dispatch says the executive director of the Rockbridge county community services board told them Gus was evaluated at *bath community hospital* in hot springs, but was released because of a lack of beds.

However, after the report came out and more questions were being asked Cropper released a statement saying he could not confirm what the paper reported.

Sheriff Robert Plecker knows the ins and out of the case, and much more.

He has known the family for more than twenty years. He says the scene he found at the families home Tuesday morning is a scene he never expected to find at the Deeds'.

Knowing the family so well --he says his only reaction is shock.

It was a 9-1-1 call he never expected to receive from the deed's family. 

"I'll just say that I would have never thought this with Gus or with his father. like I said we know them. they are super nice people, Plecker said. " We deal with them on a friendship type basis daily."

Gus Deeds actually graduated high school with one of Sheriff Pecker's son. It's the  same school where Plecker coached for years.

He says Gus Deeds never was a violent person and has no criminal record.

"He was a top notch student. You couldn't ask for a better kid. I know him through the school, through the school graduation with his father and his mother. Like I said no problems with Gus he is a super nice kid."

Behind the blue lights blocking the Deeds drive way is a case that perplexes even police as investigators search for answers.

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