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Published Time: 29.05.2024 - 22:53:01 Modified Time: 29.05.2024 - 22:53:01

LMPD detective Bryan Gillis was the officer who arrested Scheffler. He didn’t turn on his body camera when he encountered Scheffler and arrested the golfer. Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villarroel said failure to engage the body camera violated LMPD policy and said Gillis was counseled by his supervisor but then added, “We understand the seriousness of the failure to capture this interaction, which is why our officer has received corrective action for this policy violation.” Scottie Scheffler


O’Connell said he and his office have reviewed the evidence and interviewed officers and other witnesses before deciding to dismiss the charges.

In court, he said, “The evidence reviewed supports the conclusion that Detective Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr. Scheffler. However, Mr. Scheffler’s action and the evidence surrounding their exchange during the misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offenses.”

The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means the case is permanently over.

LMPD detective Bryan Gillis was the officer who arrested Scheffler. He didn’t turn on his body camera when he encountered Scheffler and arrested the golfer. Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villarroel said failure to engage the body camera violated LMPD policy and said Gillis was counseled by his supervisor but then added, “We understand the seriousness of the failure to capture this interaction, which is why our officer has received corrective action for this policy violation.”

Gwinn-Villarroel did not say what corrective action was taken against Gillis, only that it was written up and placed in his personnel file and that it was “in line with our disciplinary protocol and practices.”

Scheffler wasn't in court, but Romines spoke to the media after the dismissal. Romines said he and Scheffler were prepared to move forward with the case if it wasn't dismissed. Scheffler posted a statement to his Instagram account that said, "I hold no ill will toward Officer Gillis. I wish to put this incident behind me and move on, and I hope he will do the same." The pro golfer added that his thoughts and prayers were with Mills and his family.

Romines said, "There are absolutely grounds for a lawsuit, he [Scheffler] doesn't want to be involved because who pays? The taxpayers. Scottie Scheffler doesn't want the taxpayers of Lousiville to have to pay him a dime. He wishes to move forward from this case."

Romines told reporters his client didn't know the fatal accident and was just trying to get to the course. He said, "Scottie Scheffler. You cannot find one person to say a bad word him when he's in the police car after being arrested. He was still a perfect gentleman. It is remarkable the restraint and character he evidenced [sic] not only during the incident, after the incident, as he's being taken downtown and in the press conference that day. We need more Scottie Scheffler's in the world."

Gillis said in a statement he and Scheffler agreed there will be no ill will moving forward; however, he was disappointed with Romines' claim describing the event as a "false arrest."

"I'd be surprised and disappointed if Mr. Scheffler actually had any part in making those statements," Gillis said. "To be clear, I was drug by the car, I went to the ground and I received visible injuries to my knees and wrist. I'm going to recover from it, and it will be OK."

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