The passenger who was in Walter Scott's car during a traffic stop before he fled and was fatally shot by a police officer says he'll never know why his friend ran but that he didn't deserve to die.

Pierre D. Fulton released a statement late Monday through lawyer Mark A. Peper. Fulton calls Scott a dear friend and asks for prayers for Scott's family. Fulton also asks for privacy moving forward.

Peper says the statement will be Fulton's only remarks until any court proceedings.

The shooting was captured on a cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness who was walking nearby. The footage shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, firing eight times as Scott, who was black, runs. Then Scott falls to the ground. Slager is charged with murder.