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Charges dropped against man accused of pointing gun at officer with child in car

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Gregory Mills, 22, faced several charges for allegedly pointing a gun at police while child was inside his car. The charges were recently dropped. Credit: KMOV Gregory Mills, 22, faced several charges for allegedly pointing a gun at police while child was inside his car. The charges were recently dropped. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis man who was accused of pointing a gun at officers during a traffic stop with a toddler sitting in the back seat, had charges against him dropped.

Gregory Mills, 22, was facing three charges. He gave News 4 a different account from what authorities said happened back in February 2015.

According to police reports, officers said they received information that a car and a man matching Mills' description was traveling in the area with several firearms in the vehicle.

Police said an undercover unit patrolling the Hamilton Heights neighborhood spotted his car and pulled him over. Moments before the stop, Mills reportedly played loud music and failed to use a turn signal. Police say he was driving erratically.

“I see the male officer get out the car, and he instantly has his weapon and he's coming to my window,” Mills said.

Mills said he repeatedly told the officers “I know my rights,” and refused to get out of the car. Police said he then pointed a loaded .45-caliber handgun at one of the detectives, but Mills claims the officers never saw a weapon.

“It was in the holster,” he said. “I had a hoodie on so that was covering it. They didn't see anything.”

When Mills finally got out the car, police reports state he was tased several times, even while in handcuffs, to get him in the back of the police vehicle.

Police said they also found a loaded AR-15 next to his 18 month old daughter, but Mills said the firearm was in a duffle bag, unloaded.

News 4's Cory Stark asked why the weapon was even within vicinity of the toddler.

“I have the paperwork, so all that doesn't matter,” Mills said. “I was going to the gun range with my father, so that's why it was in there.”

Police confirmed Mills has a valid concealed-carry permit and no criminal history. 

Mills has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He also said the ordeal has made it difficult to find a job.

"I type in my name on Google and all of this pops up, it ain't going anywhere. I'm stuck with it," Mills said.

Mills said someone poorer than him would still be fighting the charges from jail.

"If I wouldn't have had the bond money, if I was just an average guy with no money and couldn't afford a lawyer and couldn't afford bond, I would be in there rotting, but I did not do anything wrong," Mills said. "I feel sorry for the people that's don't have the money and are in sitting in jail innocent," Mills said.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office did not comment on the charges being dropped. St. Louis police told News 4 Chief Sam Dotson was out of town and would return at a later date.

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