New Carlisle, Ohio, which is located north of Dayton, is a small town where everyone knows everyone else. So, on Monday, when the sheriff’s deputy shot the newspaper photographer who was setting up to take pictures of a random traffic stop, it turned out that not only did the two know each other, but the wounded photographer was concerned the deputy may lose his job.
Photographer Andy Grimm “had his camera in his hand” when he was shot in the side by a Clark County sheriff’s deputy in New Carlisle, The New Carlisle News said in a Facebook post that has since been removed.
Grimm was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery and is expected to recover from the bullet wound.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The photographer had left the New Carlisle News newsroom around 10 p.m. local time on Monday. His assignment was to take pictures of a lightning storm, the paper said. While he was taking pictures, a traffic stop occurred on the same road.
“I was going out to take pictures and I saw the traffic stop and I thought, ‘Hey, cool. I’ll get some pictures here,'” Grimm told the newspaper. He said he pulled into a parking lot in full view of the deputy, got out of his Jeep and started setting up his tripod and camera. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop.'”
The newspaper speculated that the deputy may have mistaken the camera for a weapon. Grimm said the deputy, identified in reports as Jake Shaw, gave him no warning.
“I was just doing my job,” Grimm said. “I know Jake. I like Jake. I don’t want him to lose his job over this.”
According to the newspaper account, there was “some confusion” surrounding the shooting.
“I just talked to Andy and he said that he is very sore, but in good spirits,” Dale Grimm, the photographer’s father and publisher of the New Carlisle News, told Fox News. “He said the hospital expects to be releasing him Tuesday. He also stressed that he does not want the deputy to lose his job over this.”
The Dayton Daily News reports the case has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
“This is a small town. Everybody knows everybody. It was just a terrible misunderstanding,” his father said.
He posted on Facebook on Tuesday that his son is very sore but is otherwise doing fine. “He said they expect to be releasing him sometime tomorrow. On behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all of the kind messages. One other thing. Please don’t mean mouth the deputy. Andy said he doesn’t want Jake to lose his job over this.”
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