It was just a normal Saturday morning for Pierre Fulton and his friend Walter Scott.
The two had plans to have a cookout that afternoon on April 4, and were on their way to Scott’s house when North Charleston Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager pulled them over at Remount and Craig roads for a broken tail light.
Fulton, 30, has not publicly spoken since Scott’s death but opened up to his attorney Mark Peper about what happened so that “the story can start becoming about Walter again.”
“Are they pulling me?” Fulton recalled Scott asking after he saw the blue lights.
Scott pulled over but soon after, he bolted. Fulton remained in the car.
“He could then hear what he knew to be the sound of a Taser because it sounded like electricity,” Peper described. “Then he heard a bunch of gunshots. He did not realize in that moment that Walter was dead.”
It would be hours before his client learned that Scott had been fatally shot in the back by Slager as he ran down a nearby lot, out of view from the car.
Peper said immediately after hearing the gunshots, Fulton began trying to call his mother and sister and sat in the car “in shock.”
Eventually a North Charleston police officer pulled up, patted him down and placed him in the back of a cruiser.
He waited there for two hours before being taken to City Hall and then back to Remount Road, all the while still wondering what happened and being told nothing, Peper said.
When he was taken back to Remount Road, he gave a State Law Enforcement Division agent a statement and then was taken back to City Hall and released to his mother.
“No one ever came and told him what happened,” Peper said.
He added that his client did not know why Scott ran and never saw anything past the point of Scott running from Slager.
“There was no direct conversation between Walter and Pierre that he can recall,” Peper said of before Scott fled. “The only thing he recalls is hearing Walter say, ‘My girl won’t pick up the phone, my girl won’t pick up the phone.’”
Scott and Fulton had known each other for years, but didn’t truly bond and spend a lot of time together until they started working together in January, Peper said.
Scott saw that Fulton took the bus to work and began offering him rides every now and then.
“He told me that was just the kind of guy Walter was,” Peper said.
In a statement released Monday, Fulton described Scott as a dear friend who showed him the value of hard work and helped him to become a better man.
In the aftermath of his death, Peper said Fulton is not doing well.
“He doesn’t sleep well, he’s not very focused at work,” he said. “He’s distraught and his mental health is just not very good right now.
“Hopefully now that he has shared his story, it can start becoming about Walter again and he can start to properly mourn the death of his friend. He can start the healing process.”