The former Scandal star was arrested early Saturday morning in Dallas, after an alleged altercation with security at Katy's Ice House bar.
A source told TMZ that the 31-year-old actor was stopped by security when he tried to leave the bar without paying his tab.
Off-duty police officers reportedly tried to break up the fight.
"He was uncooperative with police," an employee told People. "It was a minor issue. He was verbally assaulting the police."
Short, who played Harrison Wright on Scandal, left the series for unspecified reasons last April.