Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was faced with a difficult challenge on the night of Nov. 18, 2013. His son, 24-year-old Gus Deeds, suffered from bipolar disorder and seemed to be a danger to himself or to those around him. The senator’s only real option was to take his son to the emergency room, since accessing a counselor might have taken days, if not longer. And because Gus was an adult, his father would have needed a court order and perhaps the help of sheriff’s deputies to admit his son to the hospital.
Ultimately, Deeds did not find an empty hospital bed for his son, and the next day, Gus approached his father from behind and stabbed him multiple times before taking his own life.