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New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot by an officer who mistook his tripod and camera for a gun. (WKEF)

An Ohio officer shot a news photographer after confusing his tripod and camera for a gun


An Ohio news photographer was shot Monday night after a deputy mistook his tripod and camera for a weapon.

Photographer Andy Grimm told our affiliate WKEF that the shooting happened on his way home when he decided to get some photos of lightning. As Grimm was driving, he noticed a deputy had pulled a driver over, so he stopped to check that out as well.

Grimm said he left his vehicle's lights on so the deputy could see him and went to grab his camera from the backseat.

"I turned around toward the cars and then 'pop, pop,'" Grimm told the New Carlisle News, the newspaper where he works.

Grimm said one bullet grazed his shoulder while another hit him in the side.

Grimm said he knows the deputy who shot him and doesn't want him to lose his job over the incident.

"I was on my way to identify myself to the deputy so he didn't think that I was sneaking up on him," Grimm said. "I am not mad at the deputy. I just wish I would have said something before he pulled the trigger."

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Jake Shaw has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff's office said, "Our hearts and prayers are with Mr. Grimm as he recovers and with Deputy Jake Shaw and we ask the community to keep both of them in your hearts and prayers as well."


This report was provided by our affiliate WKEF.

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