The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division arrested the Dorchester County Coroner Christopher Nisbet on Friday in connection with an incident last month.
On August 25, Summerville Police said Nisbet told them he had seen his neighbor Leroy Fulton argue with another man John Mauldin who was trying to repossess Fulton’s pickup truck. Nisbet said Fulton pulled a gun during the argument. Both Mauldin and Nisbet later told police Fulton had pointed the weapon at the repo worker.
Nisbet told the officers that Fulton then drove off in the pickup and he followed with his county vehicle and turned on its blue lights. The coroner then pulled his vehicle in front of Fulton’s and got out with his handgun drawn.
A police officer arrived on the scene as the two were arguing and repeatedly ordered Nisbet to put his gun on the ground. The dashcam video shows it was 15 seconds before the coroner complied, as he does not seem to hear the officer and continues holding the gun at his side.
An officer reported smelling alcohol on Nisbet, and an affidavit states the coroner admitted to the officer that he had been drinking prior to the incident. The police said they found no signs of a weapon on Fulton in the pickup, but he admitted to having two guns inside his home. He denied pointing a gun at Mauldin.
A SLED agent’s affidavit notes investigators decided to file the misconduct charge because Nisbet had pursued and blocked Fulton in a county vehicle, while under the influence of alcohol, then “unlawfully detained” him until police arrived.
A judge gave Nisbet a $5,000 personal recognizance bond Friday.