Greenville, SC – Audio recordings of 911 calls made after former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was shot in September have been released. Police say the shooting was a failed insurance fraud scheme.
In the September 4th Calls, Murdaugh Told a 911 Dispatcher He was “bleeding very badly” and having trouble seeing after being shot in the head by another man while trying to change a tire on the side of the road. The recording was issued by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Murdaugh And another person is facing criminal charges for the alleged conspiracy. State police have said it was a failed plan when Murdog’s former client tried to shoot him so that he could secure a $10 million life insurance payment for his son, Buster Murdog.
Murdog, a member of a well-known Hampton County legal family who ran the local prosecutor’s office for more than 80 years, called 911 himself after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. He told a dispatcher that he was pulled over for a flat tire on Salkehachi Road in the Hampton and went out to change a tire when he was approached and shot from behind.
He spent about a minute trying to describe his location to the dispatcher before telling him he had been shot.
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Murdoff: “I got a flat tire, and I stopped and someone stopped to help me and they tried to shoot me when I patted my back.”
Dispatcher: Oh, were you shot?
Murdoff: Yeah, but I mean I’m fine.
Dispatcher: Where were you shot?
Dispatcher: Did they really shoot you or did they try to shoot you?
Murdoug: They shot me.
Murdoff has been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report in connection with the Labor Day weekend shootings.
Curtis Smith, the man who was at the scene with Murdoff, was convicted on September 14 of assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing to and submitting to conspiracy to commit a firearms, insurance fraud, and insurance fraud. was alleged. State police say Alex Murdaugh confessed to the conspiracy and that Smith later confessed to being present at his shooting.
Alex Murdaugh previously represented Smith.
During a 911 call, a dispatcher asked Murdog to describe the alleged shooter and he began to describe her as a “white fella” with short hair and much smaller than Murdog. He did not indicate at the time that he knew the man, Curtis, or that he was a former customer.
A passerby called 911 to report the incident, telling a dispatcher that he thought it looked like “a setup.”
Caller: “On the side of the road there is a man covered in blood waving his hands around.”
Dispatcher: He’s lying there waving his hands around?
Collar: He looks fine but it looks like a set up.
Others at the scene stopped to help Alex Murdaugh after the shooting and took him to the hospital until an ambulance arrived. Murdoff was later taken to a hospital from a helicopter landing zone on the Charleston Highway.
Alex Murdoff’s attorneys, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, have since released their client’s medical records to show he suffered significant injuries, including a skull fracture to the head from a gunshot wound, and a subdural hemorrhage.
Smith also appeared on the Today show to say that he never intentionally shot Murdog. His attorney, Jarrett Bouchet, told The Greenville News that Smith had clashed with Murdoff in an attempt to take the gun away from Alex Murdaugh rather than carry out Murdoff’s alleged plot.
A few days after the shooting, Alex Murdaugh announced that he was admitting himself to a drug rehabilitation facility on the grounds of a longtime opioid addiction. In June, his wife, Maggie Murdog, and son, Paul Murdog, were shot and killed. SLED is still investigating that matter.
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Contribution: Ryan W. Miller, Michael M. DeWitt, Jr. and Jim Sargent, USA Today