Photographer Says He Likes Officer Who Mistakenly Shot Him And Doesn’t Want Him Fired
New Carlisle, Ohio – A newspaper photographer was shot by a police officer who mistook his tripod for a gun September 4th. The photographer has responded saying that he doesn’t want the officer to get fired. (Video below)
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot at about 10 PM when he stopped his car across from the officer’s stop, and got out of his car with a camera and tripod.
The New Carlisle News reported that Grimm had his camera and tripod in his hands when Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Shaw apparently thought it was a weapon and fired his gun. Grimm was struck in his side and another bullet may have grazed his shoulder. Grimm was taken to the hospital and said he is OK.
“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. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop,’”
Grimm said the deputy didn’t give a warning before firing.
“I know Jake. I like Jake,” Grimm said. “I don’t want him to lose his job over this.”
The New York Daily News reported that the officer rushed over to help Grimm and repeatedly told the photographer, “I thought it was a gun.”
“Now that I’m OK, I’m not so much mad, but when I was on the ground and in the back of the ambulance, I was kind of angry at him,” Grimm told the NY Daily News.
The New Carlisle newspaper reported that the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation division is investigating the shooting.
A Kimberli Deane posted on Grimm’s Facebook wall that she was praying for him. “I thought all the deputies knew you by now,” Deane added.
See the video of the shooting below. (Shooting happens at about 3:30 mark in video):