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Louisville Police Release Photos and Video of Scottie Scheffler's Arrest During PGA Championship

The Louisville Metro Police Department has previously released redacted documents related to the traffic accident involving Scottie Scheffler during the PGA Championship outside the Valhalla Golf Club. The documents include photos of the injuries and torn pants that Detective Bryan Gillis suffered during the arrest.

Based on the images, it is difficult to refute Scheffler's claim that the May 17 incident was a misunderstanding. Louisville authorities eventually dropped the charges. Gillis may indeed have sustained injuries and his pants may have been “damaged beyond repair,” but not to the extent that the reports indicated.

See for yourself the photos, Courtesy of Lachlan McLean of Spectrum News.

Here is how the incident and Gillis’ injuries were originally described in the police report:

“Detective Gillis was in the middle of the westbound lanes wearing a full LMPD uniform and a high visibility yellow reflective rain jacket. Detective Gillis stopped the suspect and attempted to give instructions. The suspect refused to comply with his instructions, accelerated, and tackled Detective Gillis to the ground. Detective Gillis suffered pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left wrist and knee. He was transported to the hospital for further medical treatment by EMS personnel.

“Detective Gillis' uniform pants, valued at approximately $80, were damaged beyond repair.”

The photos describe exactly what happened to Gillis, based on the police report. However, the report also included Sergeant Jeremy Allen, who said Gillis “made poor tactical decisions” by reaching into Scheffler's vehicle as it moved forward, according to WHAS-TV's Jay Skebba. Gillis sustained his injuries because he “entered the passenger compartment of the vehicle through the (aircraft).”

Gillis, Detective Kelvin Watkins and Officer Javar Downs did not have their body cameras activated, a violation of LMPD policy. However, additional body camera footage was included in the documents released Friday, and that video was also made available through Louisville's WHAS.

On May 17, Scheffler was initially arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer, third-degree minor criminal damage to property, minor reckless driving, and failure to obey traffic officer signals.

The charges were dismissed in a six-minute hearing on May 29. Jefferson County Prosecutor Mike O'Connell stated that Scheffler's account of events did not constitute criminal conduct. The charges were dismissed with reservations and cannot be refiled.