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Police arrest suspect in the roadside shooting of Alex Murdaugh

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/09/2021 Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
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An arrest has been made in the roadside shooting of South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh, according to local news reports.

The identity of the suspect in the case was not immediately available. The arrest on Tuesday night was first reported by WCBD-TV, citing law enforcement sources. 

DailyMail.com has contacted the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for further details. 

Murdaugh, 53, who hails from one of South Carolina's most prominent legal families, was allegedly 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.

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On June 7, Murdaugh's wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old son, Paul were both shot to death at the family's hunting lodge in a case that remains unsolved.

Murdaugh is also the subject of a criminal investigation over allegations that he misappropriated funds from the private law firm where he was a partner.

The roadside shooting came just days after Murdaugh resigned from the firm over claims that he had misallocated millions of dollars. 

Following the roadside shooting, Murdaugh said he was seeking treatment for drug addiction. 

On Monday, SLED announced that it had opened a criminal investigation into Murdaugh over the alleged missing funds, the latest twist in the family's tragic and strange saga. 

In making the announcement SLED Chief Mark Keel said, ‘As Chief of SLED, I continue to urge the public to be patient and let this investigation take its course.’ 

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It was Murdaugh who made the frantic 911 call shortly after 10pm June 7 in which he told the dispatcher that he had returned home to the gruesome scene of his dead wife and son’s bodies near dog kennels on the property.

In what appeared to be a nod to growing impatience over the lack of any suspect or information on either Maggie and Paul or Alex’s shootings, Chief Keel noted, ‘Investigative decisions we make throughout this case and any potentially related cases must ultimately withstand the scrutiny of the criminal justice process.

‘As with all cases SLED is committed to conducting a professional, thorough and impartial criminal investigation, no matter where the facts lead us.’

Murdaugh last week had his license to practice law revoked by the South Carolina Supreme Court, indefinitely.

Three generations of Murdaughs have served as solicitor for the state's 14th Circuit Court, the equivalent of a district attorney. 

Developing story, more to follow.  

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