NEW CARLISLE, Ohio- A news photographer for small publication was shot Monday while he was setting up to photograph a traffic stop. It is thought the deputy may have confused the camera for a weapon.
“Andy Grimm has been shot. He stopped to take pictures of Deputy Jake Shaw conducting a traffic stop. He had his camera in his hand and Shaw shot him. Obviouly <sic>, we will not be able to follow up on this for a while, ” the New Carlisle News reported.
FOX News says Grimm had left the newsroom around 10 p.m. on Monday to take pictures of a lightning storm, the paper said. While he was taking pictures, a traffic stop occurred on the same road, according to the article.
“I was going out to take pictures and I saw the traffic stop and I thought, ‘Hey, cool. I’ll get some pictures here.'” he 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 report said.
“Andy is out of surgery and in recovery. He is expected to be fine, but he will be out of commission for a few days. The Attorney General’s BCI Division is handling the investigation,” a followup by the New Carlisle News said.
“I talked with Andy a little while ago. He said he is very sore but otherwise is 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.”
Grimm had taken photos of the hazy sunset just prior to reporting on the traffic stop.