Friend doesn’t know why Scott fled traffic stop

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) –  A man who was riding with Walter Scott says he has no idea why Scott tried to run away after officer Michael Slager pulled him over in April 2015 in South Carolina. Pierre Fulton testified Thursday during the trial of the former North Charleston officer, who faces 30 years to life if convicted of murder.

Fulton was in the front passenger seat when Slager pulled Scott over for a broken taillight.

Fulton testified that Scott gave the officer his license and stepped out of the car. He said Scott was told to get back in again, and Scott did, but Fulton said “the next thing you know he was out the door.”

Fulton testified that a short time later he heard gunshots. Slager fired eight times as Scott was running away.

Asked by prosecutor Scarlett Wilson why Scott fled, Fulton replied: “That’s a question I would like to ask him, Unfortunately, I can’t. He was murdered.”

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