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Kentucky governor, Louisville mayor react to Scottie Scheffler arrest, pedestrian death

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg spoke out Friday after Scottie Scheffler was arrested in the death of a pedestrian before the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Course. issued a statement.

Beshear said he was praying for the victims of the accident before Scheffler was arrested.

“This morning, a fellow Kentuckian was tragically killed in an incident outside the PGA Championship. Our hearts are broken and we continue to pray for the victim’s family,” Beshear said. I wrote it in “X”.

“The events that followed are the unfortunate result of this tragic incident, and we all hope that a resolution can be reached.”

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Scottie Scheffler plays his third shot on the first hole, the par-5 10th, during the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, May 17, 2024. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Greenberg identified the victim as John Mills and offered his condolences to the family. He also cited an “unfortunate” incident involving Scheffler Police and Louisville Metro Police.

“This morning, our city was struck by a tragic accident that claimed the life of Louisville resident John Mills. He will be greatly missed by his family and community,” he said. Ta. “Our focus is on this family who has lost a loved one. We spoke with Mr. Mills’ family to express the city’s condolences.

“Following this tragedy, LMPD conducted a traffic stop to assist in the fatal crash investigation. It is unfortunate that an incident occurred between Mr. Scheffler and an LMPD officer as he attempted to enter Valhalla. LMPD We are investigating the matter and will proceed with the legal process, so we appreciate your cooperation.

“We remain focused on the tragic loss of life and will share further information on both of these matters as it becomes available.”

The morning at Valhalla Golf Course began when a pedestrian was struck by a shuttle bus while crossing the road in the tournament lane and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 5:09 a.m. The PGA of America said the victim was a worker. Work with one of his vendors.

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Scottie Scheffler of the United States and caddy Ted Scott walk to the 14th tee during the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, May 17, 2024. (Maddie Meyer/PGA of America via Getty Images)

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“This morning, we were shocked to learn the tragic news that an employee of one of our vendors was struck and killed by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club,” the PGA of America said. “This is heartbreaking for all of us involved in the PGA Championship and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones.”

According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Scheffler passed the police just after 6 a.m. in an SUV with markings on the door identifying it as a PGA Championship vehicle. The officer yelled for him to stop and held on to the car until Scheffler stopped after about 10 yards. Mr Darlington characterized this as a “miscommunication of traffic flow”.

“Scheffler was then walked to a patrol car, handcuffed and put in the back, very stunned by what was going on, and still handcuffed, he looked towards me,” Darlington said on ESPN. “I saw it and said, ‘Please help me,'” he said. sports Center. “He had no idea what was going on in the situation. Things moved very quickly, very rapidly, very aggressively.”

Scheffler was booked into the Louisville Department of Corrections late Friday. He was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer (a felony), criminal mischief, reckless driving, and failing a traffic-directing officer.

Mr. Scheffler is led away in handcuffs.

In this still image from a video provided by ESPN, Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is escorted by police after being handcuffed near Valhalla Golf Club, the venue for the PGA Championship, early Friday morning, May 17, 2024. It is reflected. (ESPN via AP)

According to the police report, Scheffler “did not respond and accelerated forward,” causing the detective to be shoved. The detective was dragged to the ground, injuring his wrist and knee, police said.

“Importantly, he was in a marked vehicle with a certificate of eligibility and was acting as directed,” Steve Romines, Scheffler’s attorney, said in a statement. “He didn’t do anything wrong intentionally.”

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Scheffler returned to tee time for the second round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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