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In late May, charges against Scottie Scheffler were dismissed. The world’s No. 1 golfer, was arrested May 17 outside the Valhalla Golf Club in the hours leading up to the second round of the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

An investigation found three Louisville Metro Police officers in the area at the time of Scheffler’s arrest did not turn on their body cameras. 

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The probe determined that detectives Bryan Gillis and Kelvin Watkins and Officer Javar Downs violated police policy when they failed to have their body cams activated. A 63-page document obtained by WDRB of Louisville contained pictures and an investigative file.

Scottie Scheffler was arrested and charged. (AP/Louisville Department of Corrections)

Last month, Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel announced Gillis received “corrective action” after an internal investigation found he did not follow proper protocols when he left his body cam off.

“Detective Gillis should have turned on his body-worn camera but did not. His failure to do so is a violation of the LMPD policy on uniforms and equipment, subject category body worn camera,” Gwinn-Villaroel said.  

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Scheffler, 27, faced four charges, including felony assault over injuries an LMPD officer sustained during the encounter.

Gillis previously claimed he was dragged by the vehicle driven by Scheffler. An arrest report said Scheffler was driving a credentialed PGA courtesy car when an officer said Scheffler “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging” the officer to the ground.

Scottie Scheffler at a news conference

Scottie Scheffler speaks during a news conference after the second round of the PGA Championship at the Valhalla Golf Club Friday, May 17, 2024, in Louisville. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Gillis’ body camera did appear to capture Scheffler making a phone call from jail. The two-time Masters winner could be heard saying he was not certain if Gillis was a police officer.

“I sat there and tried to diffuse the situation, and then I was literally reaching out trying to find a police officer, not knowing he was one,” Scheffler said. “It’s my fault. I mean, he’s wearing a uniform. He’s wearing a yellow vest. I just didn’t see it.”

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Golfer Scottie Scheffler on the 18th green at the 2024 PGA Championship second round at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville May 17, 2024. (Matt Stone/Courier Journal/USA Today Network)

Scheffler previously said it was a “misunderstanding,” and Jefferson County officials agreed with the golfer’s assessment.

“Based upon the totality of the evidence, my office cannot move forward in the prosecution of the charges filed against Mr. Scheffler,” Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said. “Mr. Scheffler’s characterization that this was ‘a big misunderstanding’ is corroborated by the evidence.”

Police were investigating the death of a volunteer who was hit by a bus just outside the golf course when the Scheffler incident happened.

The PGA of America later identified the victim as 69-year-old John Mills. LMPD said Mills was struck by a shuttle bus around 5 a.m. near one of the golf course’s entrances.

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Fox News’ Paulina Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Nancy Mace wins South Carolina 1st Congressional District primary over Kevin McCarthy-backed challenger

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For a second straight election, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina has survived a serious primary challenge. 

The Associated Press on Tuesday projects that Mace will win renomination in South Carolina’s competitive Low Country-based 1st Congressional District by defeating Catherine Templeton, a former director of South Carolina’s labor agency who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018, and Marine Corps veteran Bill Young.

Templeton was backed by millions spent by outside groups aligned with former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“We did it – You, Lowcountry voters did it! A thousand times over – THANK YOU!,” Mace wrote in a social media post moments after her race was called.

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Mace, who was first elected to the House in 2020, survived a Republican primary challenge two years ago from a rival backed by former President Trump. 

Trump had targeted Mace after she blamed him for the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters aiming to upend congressional certification of President Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Fast-forward two years, and Mace now has Trump’s backing after she endorsed the former president and campaigned for him earlier this year in South Carolina’s crucial GOP presidential primary.

Rep. Nancy Mace speaks at the 13th annual South Carolina Prayer Breakfast on July 26, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Senator Tim Scott)

However, unlike two years ago, when then-Speaker McCarthy had her back, the now-former House speaker targeted Mace, who last year was one of eight House Republicans to break ranks and vote to oust McCarthy. The former speaker is seeking revenge as he works to defeat the eight Republican lawmakers.

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Around $9 million was shelled out to run ads in the primary, according to the national ad tracking firm AdImapct. Nearly half of the money came from McCarthy aligned outside groups that targeted Mace.

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Then-Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, was voted out of his role as House speaker. (Nathan Howard/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Mace, who was also backed by Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and current House Speaker Mike Johnson, had roughly $3 million in outside spending on her behalf.

Templeton was supported by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Joe Wilson of the neighboring 2nd Congressional District.

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Mace has faced controversy as several of her congressional staffers quit late last year and earlier this year. Additionally, a former Mace chief of staff briefly launched a primary challenge against his former boss.

If none of the three candidates in the GOP primary had won a majority in Tuesday’s contest, the top two contenders would have faced off in a runoff in two weeks.

Businessman Michael B. Moore and veteran Mac Deford were vying for the Democrat nod in the 1st District.

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

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Trump-backed pastor advances to runoff in red state GOP primary to succeed outgoing Rep. Duncan

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Mark Burns, an evangelical pastor backed by former President Trump, has advanced to a runoff for Republican nomination for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District to replace outgoing Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Seven Republicans were vying for the typically Republican seat, but no true frontrunner had emerged ahead of the primary.

Ultimately, Trump’s endorsement may provide a boost to get Burns the GOP nomination. 

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Pastor Mark Burns speaks during the American Priority conference in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2018.  (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“Pastor Mark Burns is an America First Fighter, and has my complete and total endorsement – he is a good man, a hard worker, and will not let you down!” Trump said as part of his endorsement of Burns on Truth Social.

Trump cited Burns’ positions on border security, upholding the rule of law, the economy and defending “our always under siege Second Amendment.”

Burns has touted his positions on the border and pushing back against the “woke” agenda. He had also loudly touted his endorsement by President Trump on his campaign website. A former member of the South Carolina National Guard, Burns set up a church in Easley and has embraced the label by Time Magazine as “Donald Trump’s favorite pastor.”

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Duncan decided not to run again for the seat after seven terms. Duncan’s wife filed for divorce last year, accusing him of several affairs.

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Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., walks down the House steps following votes in the Capitol May 25, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“At some point in a career, one needs to step aside and allow others to bring fresh ideas and abilities into the fight for liberty,” Duncan said in a statement in January.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had endorsed nurse practitioner Sheri Biggs, while former Sen. Lindsey Graham staffer Kevin Bishop, state House Rep. Stewart Jones and businessman Franky Franco also put their hats in the ring. 

The Democratic primary in the 3rd District is between high school science teacher Frances Guldner and Byron Best, who manages a Sherwin Williams paint store in Greenwood.

The district is a mostly rural area in the northern and western part of the state. A Democrat has not won the district since Graham flipped the seat in 1994.

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McMaster-backed nurse practitioner advances to runoff in South Carolina GOP primary to succeed Rep. Duncan

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Sheri Biggs, a nurse practitioner who won the backing of Gov. Henry McMaster, advanced to a runoff in the crowded race for the Republican nomination to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

Biggs was among seven Republicans in contention, but no true frontrunner emerged ahead of the primary.

Biggs, a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard ran as a “pro-life, pro-Second Amendment lifelong Republican.”

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Sheri Biggs, who is running for the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. (Sheri Biggs for Congress)

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“I’m running for Congress to continue my lifetime of service and treat Washington’s health problem with bold, conservative, servant leadership,” she said on her campaign website.

Jones had been endorsed by McMaster and had also highlighted her commitment to work with former President Trump, although Trump backed another candidate in the race.

“Sheri Biggs epitomizes the greatness of the people of South Carolina — an unwavering belief in God, a commitment to selfless service and a true resolve to fight for our shared values,” McMaster said in his endorsement. 

“While her distinguished military and health care careers are truly admirable, her passion to help heal our nation’s fiscal, mental and spiritual health problems is exactly what we need representing us in Congress. Sheri Biggs will work with President Trump to secure our border, protect tax dollars, defend our conservative values, keep the promises to our veterans and drain the swamp.”

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Duncan decided not to run again for the seat after seven terms. Duncan’s wife filed for divorce last year, accusing him of several affairs.

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Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., walks down the House steps following votes in the Capitol May 25, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“At some point in a career, one needs to step aside and allow others to bring fresh ideas and abilities into the fight for liberty,” Duncan said in a statement in January.

Trump had backed Pastor Mark Burns who also advanced to the runoff, a longtime supporter, in the race. Former Sen. Lindsey Graham staffer Kevin Bishop, state Rep. Stewart Jones and businessman Franky Franco were among those who had also thrown their hats in the ring. 

The Democratic primary in the 3rd District is between high school science teacher Frances Guldner and Byron Best, who manages a Sherwin Williams paint store in Greenwood.

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The district is a mostly rural area in the northern and western part of the state. A Democrat has not won the district since Graham flipped the seat in 1994.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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