GREENVILLE, S.C. — Audio recordings of 911 calls made after former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was shot in September have been released. According to police, the incident was caused by insurance fraud.

In the Sept. 4 calls, Murdaugh told a 911 dispatcher he was “bleeding pretty bad” 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 recordings were released by The State Law Enforcement Division.

Murdaugh and another man are facing criminal charges for the alleged plot. It was said that the scheme by Murdaugh and another man to kill Murdaugh’s client in order for him to receive $10 million of life insurance money for his son Buster Murdaugh, failed.

Murdaugh is a member a prominent Hampton County legal family. They ran the local prosecutor’s offices for over 80-years. Murdaugh called 911 to report that he had been shot in the head. He told a dispatcher he was pulled over on Salkehatchie Road in Hampton for a flat tire and got out to change the tire when he was approached from behind and shot.

Before stating that his location was confirmed, he spent approximately a minute trying out to tell the dispatcher.

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Murdaugh: “I got a flat tire, and I stopped and somebody stopped to help me and when I turned my back they tried to shoot me.”

Dispatcher – Oh! Were You Shot?

Murdaugh, Yes. But I meant I was OK.

Dispatcher – Where was your shot?

Murdaugh: What?

Dispatcher: Were they really trying to get you killed?

Murdaugh – They shot me.

Murdaugh has been charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report in connection with the Labor Day weekend shooting.

Curtis Smith (the man at Murdaugh’s shooting scene) was arrested Sept. 14 for assisted suicide, assault, battery and of a high aggreted nature, pointing, presenting and concealing a firearm and insurance fraud. According to state police, Alex Murdaugh confessed that he was involved in the plot. Smith also admitted later to having been present for his shooting.

Smith had been represented previously by Alex Murdaugh.

Murdaugh described the suspect shooter to a dispatcher during a 911 call. Curtis wasn’t mentioned by Murdaugh at that time. He was also not a past client.

One passerby reported the incident to 911, saying that she believed it was a “setup”.

Caller: He is waving his hands and has blood on him.

Dispatcher: He’s just laying there waving his hands around?

Caller: It looks good, but it almost looks like an arrangement.

Others on the spot stopped by to assist Alex Murdaugh following the shooting. They began to drive him to a hospital, until an ambulance arrived. Murdaugh was later flown to a hospital from a helicopter landing zone on Charleston Highway.

Dick Harpootlian, and Jim Griffin have released the medical records of Alex Murdaugh to prove that Murdaugh sustained serious injuries in a gunshot wound to his head, including a skull fracture, and subdural hemorhage.

Learn more:Alex Murdaugh medical records detail injuries from alleged plot

Smith also appeared on the Today Show to say he never willfully shot Murdaugh. His lawyer, Jarrett Bouchette, told The Greenville News that Smith struggled with Murdaugh in attempt to wrestle the gun away from Alex Murdaugh rather that carry out Murdaugh’s alleged plot.

Alex Murdaugh, who had a long history of opioid addiction, announced that he would enter a drug rehab facility days later. Maggie Murdaugh his wife and their son Paul Murdaugh died in June after being shot. SLED is currently investigating this case.

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Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Michael M. DeWitt, Jr. and Jim Sergent, USA TODAY


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