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11/22/2013 09:27 am ET Updated Nov 22, 2013

Creigh Deeds Released From Hospital

Virginia state senator and 2009 gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds was discharged from the University of Virginia Medical Center on Friday, where he's been since Tuesday recovering from a stabbing, a UVA spokesman tells HuffPost.

Deeds was stabbed at his home in the Millboro community of Bath County, Va., on Nov. 19 during a confrontation with his 24-year-old son Gus. Police said Gus later shot himself to death with a rifle.

Deeds suffered multiple stab wounds in the head and upper torso, according to police.

The day before the incident, the Bath County Sheriff's Office responded to a non-emergency call for assistance at the Deeds' home, but no arrest was made. Gus Deeds was taken to a hospital earlier that day for a psychiatric evaluation under an emergency custody order, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

HuffPost's Luke Johnson reported earlier:

Gus Deeds had a mental health evaluation Monday at Bath County Hospital, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He was released because no psychiatric bed could be located across Western Virginia, Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge County Community Services Board, told the paper. The Times-Dispatch reported that an Emergency Custody Order was issued for Deeds, citing an official source, but Cropper did not confirm that detail in a late Tuesday statement.

Bath County Hospital released a statement Wednesday saying that it could not comment on a patient's condition due to federal privacy laws, and that the facility did not have the capability for inpatient mental health services.

"Our rural hospital is not equipped to provide inpatient mental health services," said executive officer Jason Paret. "We depend on other health care providers for mental health services. Our protocol requires us to contact Rockbridge Area Community Services Board for assessment and treatment determinations for any patient needing mental health services."

The hospital provided no additional details on Deeds' condition upon his release Friday.

UPDATE -- 11:29 a.m.: Deeds sent the following tweet on Friday:

Luke Johnson contributed reporting.

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