The bizarre shooting of South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh comes just three months after his wife, Maggie, and his son (not pictured) were found shot dead
Legal scion Alex Murdaugh did have visible injuries after he was shot in the head, law enforcement officials in South Carolina now admit, retracting the original report filed by Hampton County police which indicated the troubled lawyer was unharmed after the shooting.
Murdaugh, 53, who hails from one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal families, was shot in the head on September 4 while changing a car tire by the side of a road in Hampton County.
Murdaugh was alone at the time of the incident, but managed to dial 911 after being struck by the bullet. He was subsequently airlifted to hospital where he underwent treatment before being released.
Initially, the report filed by Hampton County Sheriff’s officer, identified only as Sergeant S. White, said that Murdaugh did not have any visible injuries after being shot in the head.
Alex Murdaugh, 53, (pictured with his deceased wife and son Paul) suffered a gunshot wound on a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, Saturday
Hampton County police admitted they made a mistake during the initial investigation of the shooting, indicating in a police report that Murdaugh had no visible injuries after he was shot at the side of this South Carolina road
In the report, White had checked off ‘No’ next to ‘Victim Visible Injury.’ What’s more, a section marked ‘Further Explanation’ was left blank.
However, Hampton County Sheriff’s Office has since retracted that report, saying deputies made a mistake during the filing process, while admitting that Murdaugh did in fact have visible injuries.
Agents say Murdaugh was grazed by the bullet.
In the initial, official report, Sergeant S. White checked ‘No’ next to ‘Victim Visible Injury’ – which officials subsequently said was in error
Days before Murdaugh was shot, the attorney had been ousted from his law firm amid allegations he had misappropriated more than $1million in company money, according to a statement released by the firm following the incident.
He then had his license to practice law revoked by the South Carolina Supreme Court last week, indefinitely.
Three generations of Murdaughs have served as solicitor for the state’s 14th Circuit Court.
It’s been a turbulent few months for Murdaugh, to say the least, who discovered the dead bodies of his wife, Maggie, and twenty-two-year-old son, Paul – both shot to death – at the family’s hunting lodge on June 7.
Murdaugh was changing the tire on his car on this rural road in Hampton County when someone shot him from a passing car, according to his attorney
Police indicate in their report the shooter as ‘Person, Unknown Untracked’ with race, sex, age and ethnicity all unknown
At the time of the their deaths Paul was facing charges over the death of friend Mallory Beach, 19, who died in a boat crash back in February.
Paul was said to be steering the vessel and was allegedly intoxicated at the time.
The double homicide of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh made national headlines back in June, given both its grizzly nature and the family’s prominence in the South Carolina community.
However, with no suspects named, nor leads divulged by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division the case had fallen from public attention, until Murdaugh’s shock shooting earlier this month.
Following the incident, Murdaugh admitted himself into rehab for opioid addiction, according to his attorney, after being released from the hospital just two days after the shooting.
‘The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life,’ Murdaugh said in a statement. ‘I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret.’
Murdaugh’s attorney, Jim Griffin, says his client is using the incident as an opportunity to ‘finally’ confront his addiction, reported ABC News 4.
Griffin added that it was a shock to hear Murdaugh had been shot and he does not believe his wound was self-inflicted, due to his client’s positive outlook concerning his recovery earlier that day.
It is alleged that the gunman shot him after the truck initially drove past Murdaugh without incident and then made a U-turn
The double homicide of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh made national headlines back in June – after Murdaugh says he discovered them both shot to death at the family’s hunting lodge – given both its grizzly nature and the family’s prominence in the South Carolina community
He also noted that police did not recover a gun from Murdaugh at the crime scene.
Griffin added that his client had an entry wound, exit wound, skull fracture, and minor brain bleeding.
According to Griffin, Murdaugh pulled over that day after noticing a warning-signal for low tire pressure and after having trouble steering.
Murdaugh attests that a pick-up truck then passed him, before pulling a U-turn a few hundred yards later, and pulling up to his vehicle.
Griffin said Murdaugh and the truck’s occupants then had a brief interaction concerning Murdaugh’s car trouble. Murdaugh then briefly turned his attention away from the other car, at which point he heard a gunshot, and the car sped off.
Griffin said Murdaugh did not recognize the occupants of the vehicle, but was able to describe their appearance to police.
Meanwhile, the report describes the shooter as ‘Person, Unknown Untracked’ with race, sex, age and ethnicity all unknown.
No suspects in the shooting have been identified.
The case remains open.
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