SLED releases 911 call from Alex Murdaugh shooting incident

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:25 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 5:36 PM EDT
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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has released the 911 call made by Alex Murdaugh during his alleged attempted suicide.

On September 4, Murdaugh called 911 claiming that he had pulled over along Old Salkehatchie Highway in Hampton County to fix a flat tire when someone pulled over and shot him.

Murdaugh was shot in the head but was able to dial 911 and tell the emergency operator what happened and describe the shooter, later identified as Curtis Smith.

“It was a white fellow, a fair amount younger than me really really short hair,” said Murdaugh. “Ma’am I need an ambulance.”

A different call by a man and woman who passed Murdaugh on the side of the road was also released.

“We’re on Salkehatchie Road and there is a man on the side of the road with blood all over him and he’s waving his hands,” the woman says. “He looks fine but it kind of looks like a set up so we didn’t stop.”

Murdaugh was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated. He later admitted that the entire incident was staged in order to have his $10 million life insurance policy cashed out for his son, Buster.

Murdaugh then admitted that he was battling a 20-year-long opioid addiction. He was taken to a rehabilitation center in Orange County, Florida.

Smith was arrested and charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

Smith claims that he was under the assumption that he was coming over to fix something for Murdaugh. When he arrived on the scene Murdaugh was in a suicidal state, according to Jared Bouchette, Smith’s lawyer.

The two apparently wrestled for the gun and that’s when it went off and hit Murdaugh in the head, according to Smith’s lawyer. He told hospital officials that he was temporarily blinded but his vision had returned over time.

Murdaugh was arrested in October in Florida and is currently in Richland County after being denied bond by a judge. A psychiatric evaluation was ordered by the judge.

On June 7, Murdaugh’s wife and son were shot to death at their property in Colleton County.

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