Officer Claims Scheffler Dragged Him, Sticking to Story Despite Dropped Charges

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PGA Championship Incident: Detective Maintains Innocence, Scheffler Expresses Regret

After the dismissal of charges against PGA star Scottie Scheffler, Detective Bryan Gillis of the Louisville Metro Police Department has released a statement reaffirming his account of the May 17th incident at Valhalla Golf Club.

Gillis’ Statement: Sticking to His Story

Gillis denies the claims that he was “falsely arrested” by Scheffler. He reiterates that he was “drug by the car” and sustained injuries. He emphasized the importance of ensuring everyone’s safety in the chaotic situation. Despite the charges being dropped, Gillis wishes to put the incident behind him and expressed appreciation for Scheffler’s dignified response.

Scheffler’s Reaction: Humility and Regret

In his statement, Scheffler acknowledged the miscommunication and expressed regret for his actions. He commends police officers and emphasizes that the situation was a misunderstanding in a stressful situation. Scheffler hopes to move on and hopes that Detective Gillis will do the same.

Romines’ Comments Ridiculed

Gillis took offense to comments made by Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, claiming it was a “false arrest” and challenging his integrity. Gillis expressed surprise and disappointment if Scheffler had sanctioned such statements.

Video Footage and Officer Testimony

Surveillance footage released after the investigation shows an officer reaching into Scheffler’s car and stopping him. It does not show the officer being dragged at any point. Bodycam footage captured Scheffler’s interaction with another officer, where he admitted to getting impatient but denied knowing he was interacting with a police officer.

Gillis’ Dismissal and Reflections

Gillis expressed his desire to continue serving the Louisville community and highlighted the challenges he faced in the last two decades. However, he made a curious reference to pants, as reported in the police report, ending his statement with a touch of humor.

Disciplinary Actions and Closure

Louisville Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel stated that an internal investigation found that proper protocols were not met, resulting in a reprimand for Detective Gillis, who failed to activate his bodycam during the incident.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell formally dismissed the charges against Scheffler, bringing the incident to an official close. The world’s top golfers, including Scheffler, will now participate in the U.S. Open, scheduled for June 13-16 at North Carolina’s Pinehurst No. 2.

Data sourced from: foxnews.com