The drive-by shooting of legal heir Alex Murdaugh treated as attempted murder
MPs who responded to Alex Murdaugh’s self-reported shooting treated the incident as attempted murder, according to an incident report obtained by DailyMail.com.
The brief account gives a first glimpse of the bizarre incident that took place on Saturday afternoon.
According to the report from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department, MPs who responded to the scene learned that Murdaugh had already been taken to hospital on their way to the stretch of Old Salkehatchie Road where the incident has occurred.
Hampton County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant S. White, who wrote the report, noted: “While on their way, MPs learned that the victim, later identified as Alex Murdaugh, had shot in the head and was evacuated from a landing zone on Charleston Highway (Varnville) to hospital. ‘
White notes that another officer met Murdaugh before he flew away, but gives no details of this interaction.
Alex Murdaugh, 53, (pictured with his deceased wife and son) was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound on a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, on Saturday. DailyMail.com can reveal MPs who responded to the scene treated it as attempted murder, incident report says
Murdaugh was changing his car tire on this rural Hampton County road when someone shot him from a passing car, his lawyer said
Meanwhile, Sergeant White secured the crime scene until investigators from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrived.
This may explain the curious fact that White crossed the box indicating “No” next to “Injury Victim Visible” although he left the space for “further explanation” blank.
Murdaugh was released from the hospital the following afternoon, sustaining only a “superficial” gunshot wound.
The report also notes that Murdaugh did not drink or use drugs.
He describes the suspect as an “Unidentified Unknown Person” with no known race, sex, age or ethnicity.
SLED investigators have yet to release details of the truck Murdaugh allegedly drove near him as he tried to fix a flat tire by the side of the road.
According to Murdaugh’s attorney, Jim Griffin, he claimed the truck had turned around and opened fire.
Hampton County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant S. White noted in the incident report: “While on their way, MPs learned that the victim had been shot in the head and was being evacuated “. The report also notes that Murdaugh did not drink or use drugs.
It is alleged that the gunman shot him after the truck first passed Murdaugh without incident and then turned around.
Sergeant White secured the crime scene until investigators from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrived.
It was Murdaugh who found the bodies of his wife and youngest son near the kennels on his property and called 911 at 10:07 p.m. on June 7.
Maggie and Paul were reportedly killed between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
With no named suspects and no leads disclosed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the case had fallen from public attention.
But he was propelled into the national headlines again after Saturday’s bizarre shootout.
He was barely seven miles from home and told officers he was driving to Charleston.
News of Murdaugh’s alleged embezzlement broke soon after, as it was revealed that he had been forced to resign the day before the roadside incident.
Murdaugh found the bodies of his wife and youngest son (pictured) near the kennels on his property and called 911 at 10:07 p.m. on June 7. Maggie and Paul were reportedly killed between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Murdaugh resigned from PMPED in Hampton, South Carolina on Friday after being asked to do so by company bosses. The company’s website now includes a message saying it “is temporarily unavailable.”
Details of the alleged fraud have not yet been made public, but findings from a forensic team hired by the law firm have reportedly discovered that the embezzlement amounted to wasted millions of dollars.
The findings led the law firm, founded by the great-grandfather of the Murdaugh brothers over 100 years ago, to file an official police report.
“It’s a ton of money. It’s over a million dollars, ”a legal source told the Raleigh Observer.
Meanwhile, Murdaugh’s attorney Jim Griffin confirmed on Monday that his client was seeking drug treatment, while law enforcement sources claimed the disgraced legal heir was addicted to oxycodone.