911 calls released from shooting involving Alex Murdaugh in Hampton County

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:55 PM EDT
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HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Alex Murdaugh’s call to 911 after he was reportedly shot in Hampton County in September has been released.

We’re learning a driver passing through the area was the first to call 911. And while she was on the phone with a dispatcher – Alex Murdaugh called 911.

Murdaugh remained calm on the phone with the dispatcher and waited for her to ask what happened - nearly a minute into the call - before telling her he was shot.

“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,” Murdaugh told the operator, who then asked him if he was shot.

“Yes,” Murdaugh responded. “But I mean I’m OK.”

“You’re shot where? Where were you shot at,” asked the dispatcher.

“Huh,” asked Murdaugh.

“Did they actually shoot you, or they tried to shoot you,” asked the dispatcher.

“They shot me,” said Murdaugh.

“Okay, you need EMS,” asked the dispatcher.

“Uh, well, I mean yes. I can’t drive,” said Murdaugh.

“Okay,” said the dispatcher.

“I’m having trouble seeing and I’m bleeding a lot,” Murdaugh added.

“Where, what part of your body,” asked the dispatcher.

“Uh I’m not sure… somewhere on my head,” said Murdaugh.

While he’s trying to explain what happened – someone pulls over to see if he needs help. Alex asks that person for a ride to the hospital. The dispatcher asks for him not to hang up.

“What’s your name? I’m still here, I’m still on the line with you… What’s your name,” asked the dispatcher.

“Alex Murdaugh.”

“Alex Murdaugh,” asked the dispatcher.

“Yes ma’am,” he said.

“And you were saying you were driving, got a flat tire, somebody stopped to help you and they shot you,” asked the dispatcher.

“Well they pulled over yes ma’am… like they were going to help me,” said Murdaugh.

“Okay stay on the line with me,” said the dispatcher.

“I’m bleeding pretty bad,” Murdaugh replied.

The dispatcher later asks Murdaugh to describe who shot him - the man police have said is Curtis Smith. Murdaugh said he was shot “somewhere on my head” and described the shooter as a white male with “really, really short hair.”

The incident occurred on Sep. 4 on Old Salkehatchie Road in a rural area outside Varnville.

Curtis “Eddie” Smith of Colleton County was subsequently 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 in connection with the shooting, but Smith said that he did not shoot Murdaugh.

We know the two men knew each other well before that day. Smith has described Murdaugh as like a brother to him, while Murdaugh’s attorneys have described Smith as one of Alex’s connections to drugs, something Smith’s attorney has denied.

Both men face felony charges in connection to the shooting and appeared in Hampton County Municipal court September 16 for those charges. Investigators say the two were plotting a $10 million insurance payout scheme that would go to Murdaugh’s only living son.

Murdaugh is currently being held in Richland County’s detention center on two felony counts of obtaining property under false pretenses. This is in connection to the death settlement of the family’s longtime housekeeper and nanny Gloria Satterfield.

Earlier this week, a judge denied bond for Murdaugh in this case and is requiring him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Murdaugh’s lawyer says they will have him evaluated quickly and hope to have him back in front of a judge in about a week.

He was previously charged in Hampton County with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.

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