Scottie Scheffler's mugshot
Scottie Scheffler's mugshot

Scottie Scheffler arrest: LIVE updates as charges officially dropped

Scheffler claims 'over-aggressive' cop 'hit me with his flashlight' in shocking new footage.

Scottie Scheffler's ordeal after he was arrested and charged with assault before the second round of the US PGA Championship is now over. 

Jefferson County attorney Mike O'Connell confirmed today charges against the golfer will be dropped. 

Scheffler was scheduled to be arraigned on 2 June, a week before the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No.2. 

But now his legal headache is over. 

Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines is scheduled to speak to media shortly in a news conference.

The two-time Masters champion was not present at the hearing despite not being in the field for this week's PGA Tour event, the RBC Canadian Open, at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. 

Scottie Scheffler getting arrested
Scottie Scheffler getting arrested

  • Scheffler was arrested on 17 May, hours before his second round tee time at Valhalla Golf Club
  • The golfer was trying to avoid the scene of a fatal traffic incident nearby 
  • He was later charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer
  • For his part, Scheffler has maintained the whole thing was a giant misunderstanding
  • His attorney Romines has repeatedly insisted the golfer did nothing wrong and they were prepared to go to trial
  • Scheffler was stopped by officer Bryan Gillis
  • It later emerged Gillis was disciplined because he did not activate his body-worn camera during his exchange with Scheffler
  • Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel said Gillis has received "corrective action" following an internal investigation
  • Gillis' past with the force has also been scrutinised at length, with reports suggesting that he has been suspended for five days for 'conduct unbecoming'
  • According to a memo by then-chief Steve Conrad, Gillis was found to have performed 'donuts' in his police vehicle in a business parking lot whilst an intoxicated person was in the back
  • Gillis was also hit with one-day suspensions in 2010 and 2011 for reportedly failing to turn up to court

Fresh and quite remarkable footage of Scheffler's arrest has surfaced today. 

29 May 2024
We'll bring things to a close there

Romines has finished talking to reporters now. 

And so that seems like a good time to end our live coverage. 

If you are just catching up:

Charges against the world number one Scottie Scheffler following his arrest outside of Valhalla Golf Club during the PGA Championship have been dropped. 

After reviewing the evidence, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said Scheffler's actions did not "satisfy the elements of any criminal offence" and "corroborated" Scheffler's assertation that the incident was a "big misunderstanding".

He added: "The evidence we reviewed supports the conclusion that detective Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr Scheffler."

A fiery exchange

Things got a little bit heated when a reporter pressed Romines on the fact Scottie Scheffler initially agreed with the claim he dragged officer Gillis. 


"You are one wrong turn away"

Romines: "Every person, regardless of who you are, you are one wrong turn or one encounter with a police officer going sideways and being charged with a plethora of crimes you didn't commit. And it does. It happens every day."

"He doesn't want to sue"

Romines says Scheffler has no plans to sue because: "He doesn't wish for the taxpayers of Louisville to have to pay for whatever occurred." 

"You cannot find one person to say a bad word about him"
"He's glad it's over"

Romines says Scottie Scheffler is glad this ordeal is now over. 

He also says 'make your own mind up' when asked if officer Bryan Gillis told the truth in his police report. 

Romines says civil litigation would have started had charges not been dropped

Romines tells reporters that he would've started civil litigation next Monday had the charges not been dismissed. 

Romines reiterates Scheffler was doing as he was told

Romines addresses the fresh footage that surfaced earlier today. 

"He is, as always, as nice and polite and respectful as he can possibly be. I can assure you, if I was in the back of that police vehicle I wouldn't have been polite as he was."

Romines is speaking now

Scottie Scheffler's attorney has begun his address to reporters. 

A brief pause as a loud truck passes by, interrupting his comments. 

What next?

We're awaiting Scottie Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines. 

A scrum of news reporters are outside the courthouse now. 

Stay tuned for what Romines has to say. 

We'll go out on a limb and say he's not best pleased with the Louisville cops. 

Here's the full statement O'Connell made

Here's a video of O'Connell explaining the decision to drop the charges against Scheffler. 

"My office cannot go forward"

Mike O'Connell has explained the reason for his office's decision. 

He told the court: "Mr Scheffler's characterisation that this was 'a big misunderstanding' is corroborated by the evidence. 

"The evidence we 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 actions and the evidence surrounding their exchange during this misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offences."

Charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped

Jefferson County attorney Mike O'Connell has confirmed he will make a motion to dismiss the charges against Scottie Scheffler. 

O'Connell takes his seat

Jefferson County attorney Mike O'Connell takes his seat in the court room ahead of the hearing. 

Minutes away now. 

"We will know in 15 minutes"

NewsNation reporter Kelsey Kernstine reports she's just asked Scottie Scheffler's attorney Steve Romines if the charges will be dropped. 

He ducks the question. 

We're 15 minutes away from the beginning of the hearing. 

Here's a look inside the courtroom
Some thoughts...

The fresh footage that emerged today really is causing a stir over on X. 

If you haven't watched it, we would urge you to as it shows a much better sense of Scheffler's side of the story. 

Scheffler says an officer directed him to go around traffic (into incoming lanes) to get into the golf course but, as he passed detective Gillis, was ordered to stop. 

"I did not know that he was a police officer," Scheffler says. 

"I thought he was one of the security guards that was mistaken. 

"As he was reaching in the car, he grabbed my shoulder and hit me. It seemed to be a little bit over aggressive because the entrance was open.

"I pulled [up] a little bit because I was afraid. I thought he was going to start hitting me, and I didn't know who he was. 

"He didn't tell me he was a police officer. And all I saw was a yellow jacket."

Louisville mayor responds to new footage

Earlier today we saw fresh body cam footage of Scheffler's arrest whilst he was in the back of a police vehicle. 

The remarkable video has been confirmed as genuine, according to CNN's Gabe Cohen, who has contacted mayor Craig Greenberg's office. 

More outlets are reporting charges will be dropped; still no confirmation

WAVE are the latest publication to report the charges against Scheffler will be dropped. 

Per the report by WAVE: "Sources with direct knowledge say charges against Scheffler are expected to be dropped. 

"They say that both the officer involved, Detective Bryan Gillis, and Scheffler’s team believe it would be best for everyone if the charges don’t proceed and want the situation to be resolved amicably. 

"They mutually acknowledge, sources said, that it was a chaotic situation and that they both want to move on."

More details...

Meiners reports the settlement involves a stipulation that neither Scheffler nor officer Gillis will be permitted to pursue a civil case stemming from the incident. 

In simple terms, it means that everyone involved in this would prefer to put the matter behind them and bring this saga to an end once and for all. 

Here's what Meiners reports:
Charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped?

Afternoon everyone. 

This could indeed be a very short live blog but we are just getting word that charges against Scottie Scheffler will be dropped. 

That's according to WHAS reporter Terry Meiners. 

We'll keep our eyes peeled for official confirmation soon.