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Scottie Scheffler claims ‘overly aggressive’ cop ‘hit me with his flashlight’ in shocking new footage of world No.1 golfer in back of police car


Scottie Scheffler admitted to cops «I should have stopped» before accusing «overly aggressive» Detective Bryan Gillis of «hitting me with the flashlight» in new footage taken just minutes after his arrest at the PGA Championship.

The world number one golfer was arrested in the early hours of May 17 before her second round at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky for disobeying police orders during a pedestrian fatality investigation.

The 27-year-old was charged with four counts, including second-degree assault on a police officer, but all charges were dropped today.

New video of the moment just after Scheffler was arrested and placed in the back of a police car has now been released online.

In it, he admits «I should have pulled over», claims he «didn’t know» Gillis was a police officer and insists he only sped away from the police because he feared for his safety.

Brand new footage from Scottie Scheffler’s arrest reveals the first interview he had with officers

A photo of world number one Scottie Scheffler following his arrest this month by Louisville police

A photo of world number one Scottie Scheffler following his arrest this month by Louisville police

The video — apparently footage captured on a body camera — shows a tense exchange between Scheffler and the officer, with the golfer sitting in the back seat of the police car.

The officer reads Scheffler his Miranda rights. Asked if he understands them, Scheffler says, «Yes, thank you.»

Then the golf star is asked ‘with these rights in mind, do you want to talk to me about what happened?’

Scheffler replies ‘yes please’ and begins to explain: ‘So, um, my house is right on that road, so I was planning on getting here at 5:50 to start my tee time practice. I (inaudible) and it took me about half an hour.

«So I’m pulling in here and the cop up there told me to go on the opposite side of the traffic and then go in. But when I pulled in, I had my window down and the cop told me to pull over.» First of all, I didn’t know he was a policeman, I thought he was one of the security guards who made a mistake.’

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The officer cuts him off and says, “Stop here. Why does it matter if it’s a security guard or a policeman when someone tells you to stop?’

Scheffler replies, “Yes, you’re right. I should have stopped. I was getting quite impatient as I was quite late for tee time. As he reached into the car, he grabbed my shoulder and punched me.

The officer interjects, «I’m trying to get you to stop, aren’t I?»

Scheffler continues: “Yes. It seemed a bit over aggressive as the entrance was open. I pulled forward because I thought he was going to hit me and I didn’t know who it was. He didn’t tell me he was a policeman. All I saw was a yellow jacket. I didn’t know what he was doing.’

The detective who arrested Scheffler, Bryan Gillis, has since received

The detective who arrested Scheffler, Bryan Gillis, has since received «corrective action»

Jefferson County State's Attorney Mike O¿Connell will address the case in court on Wednesday

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Mike O’Connell will address the case in court on Wednesday

The officer replies, “So the thing is, he’s wearing a uniform and the same jacket that I have with the word Police on it. Also, if someone tells you to stop, no matter who it is, don’t continue.

“What happened was that you went on and took him with you while he was a walker. You took him with your car and dragged him, which is not good.

“To make matters worse, when he asked you to get out of the car, you refused to get out.

Scheffler says, “I still didn’t know he was a police officer. I was actually looking out the window to try to find the policeman. Trust me sir, if I had known he was a policeman I would have been a lot less scared.

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“Panic set in – I’m still shaking as you can see. I was scared. I didn’t know who he was. He didn’t tell the police, he just hit me with the flashlight and yelled get out of the car.

The officer replies, “We’re wearing a lot of police gear. Surely that means we are the police.”

«Sir, believe me, if I had known it was a police officer, I would have gotten out of the car,» Scheffler countered. “I don’t know what to tell you other than I panicked a bit trying to get to the golf course.

Kentucky Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel spoke at a news conference last week

Kentucky Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel spoke at a news conference last week

The officer replies, “Let’s go back to the first point. Regardless of whether you thought he was a police officer or not. Why do you think we wear yellow vests? So you can see us, right? So you can see us and if someone tells you to stop, whoever, it means that at that time you stop and you don’t continue so that things like this don’t happen.

“You actually hurt him. He’s a policeman. He’s got a huge scratch on his knee, he’s being checked out by EMS, he’s got a big bruise. I don’t know. But for you the main question now is if you go to jail and it’s up to him. I don’t know.’

When Scheffler asks if he can speak to the officer, the officer says, “No. Not at the moment. No.’ The video then ends.

Detective Gillis has since been given «corrective action» for not activating his camera to record the situation.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Mike O’Connell addressed the court Wednesday at 1:00 PM ET regarding the case — and announced that all charges against the golf superstar are being dropped.

The decision comes less than a week after Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel vowed at a press conference to «respect the legal process» and «let it play out.»

«We’re all looking forward to progress,» Mayor Craig Greenberg added at a news conference last Thursday.

“But we have to respect due process. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll let it happen.’

Scheffler, pictured with wife Meredith, may not be in court Wednesday

Scheffler, pictured with wife Meredith, may not be in court Wednesday

The baby darlings recently welcomed their first child - a baby boy named Bennett

The baby darlings recently welcomed their first child – a baby boy named Bennett

WITHCheffler is accused of failing to stop for police when he attempted to do so gain entry as they directed traffic following a fatal collision between a bus and tournament security staff member John Mills.

A police report said Scheffler failed to follow directions and then drove away from Officer Gillis, causing him to be dragged by the two-time Masters winner’s car.

He was taken to the Louisville Jail and booked in Jefferson County on four charges; second-degree felony assault on a police officer, third-degree felony, reckless driving, disobeying the signals of a traffic officer.

In Kentucky, second-degree assault is a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Scheffler was released from prison in time to tee off for the second round of the major championship.

In a statement following his release, Scheffler said the incident was a «big misunderstanding,» while his attorney, Steve Romines, said he intended to plead not guilty.



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