Alex Murdaugh’s attorney has blasted a sheriff’s report for stating that his client had ‘no visible injuries’ from a shooting which occurred over the weekend.
Murdaugh, 53, was shot in the head while changing his car tire by the side of a road in Hampton County, South Carolina on Saturday.
Murdaugh was alone at the time of the incident, and managed to dial 911 after being struck by the bullet. He was subsequently airlifted to hospital where he underwent treatment before being released.
No suspects in the shooting have been identified.
On Wednesday, DailyMail.com obtained an incident report from the shooting, which was completed by Hampton County Sheriff’s officer Sergeant S. White. In the report, White had crossed ‘No’ next to ‘Victim Visible Injury’. A section for ‘Further Explanation’ was left blank.
That response raised eyebrows – but Murdaugh’s attorney has now hit back, insisting in an interview with Count On 2 that his client’s wounds were serious and were not self-inflicted.
The attorney, Jim Griffin, says his client had an entry wound skull fracture and minor brain bleeding.
The bizarre shooting comes just three months after Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, were shot dead at their family property. That double homicide has similarly not been solved.
Alex Murdaugh hails from one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal families. Three generations of Murdaughs have served as solicitor for the state’s 14th Circuit Court.
The bizarre shooting of Alex Murdaugh (right) comes just three months after his wife, Maggie, (left) and son, Paul (center) were shot dead at their family property. That double homicide has not been solved.
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
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the incident report was corrected by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office. It now has a boxed check ‘Yes’ next to ‘Victim Visible Injury’.
Curiously, another portion of the report has also been altered.
A box that questioned whether Murdaugh had been using alcohol has been altered from ‘No’ to ‘Unknown’.
Meanwhile, the report describes the shooter as ‘Person, Unknown Untracked’ with race, sex, age and ethnicity all unknown.
Murdaugh claimed the shooter was behind the wheel of a pick-up truck. SLED investigators have yet to release any details of that vehicle.
According to Griffin he claimed that the truck circled back and opened fire.
On Wednesday, DailyMail.com obtained an incident report from the shooting, which was completed by Hampton County Sheriff’s officer Sergeant S. White
Alex Murdaugh, 53, (pictured with his deceased wife and son) suffered a gunshot wound on a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, Saturday
Earlier this week it was revealed that Murdaugh had stepped down from his law firm the day before the shooting, amid allegations he had misappropriated more than $1million in company money.
He has now checked himself into rehab for opioid addiction.
The South Carolina bar has also indefinitely suspended his attorney’s license.
It’s a turbulent time for Murdaugh, who discovered the dead bodies of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, at their property on June 7.
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 on Saturday.
The case remains open.
It is alleged that the gunman shot him after the truck initially drove past Murdaugh without incident and then made a U-turn