Senator sues state, mental health officials over son's death

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WARM SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator who was attacked by his son, who then killed himself, has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the state and a Lexington-based mental health facility.

Media outlets report that Sen. R. Creigh (KREE') Deeds of Bath County claims in the lawsuit that Austin "Gus" Deeds was improperly denied treatment before the 2013 incident.

The complaint was filed in Bath County Circuit Court. Defendants are the state, the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board and Michael Gentry, a mental health worker who evaluated Gus Deeds the day before the attack. Gus Deeds stabbed his father 13 times before shooting himself.

John D. Young, interim executive director of the community services board, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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