OH to prosecute deputy who shot photographer

OH to prosecute deputy who shot photographer

An Ohio newspaper photojournalist was shot by a police officer last night after the cop mistook the camera and tripod the photographer was holding for a rifle.

Andy Grimm, a photographer for The New Carlisle News in OH, said he left the newspaper's office to get some shots of lightning late Monday, when he spotted a Clark County sheriff's deputy conducting a traffic stop in town, about 20 miles north of Dayton.

Andy Grimm "had his camera in his hand" when he was shot in his side by a Clark County sheriff's deputy in New Carlisle, which north of Dayton, The New Carlisle News said in a Facebook post.

The newspaper reported that sheriff's deputy may have mistaken Grimm's camera and tripod for weapons.

"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".

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was struck on the side and was rushed to the hospital where he is expected to survive. "I pivoted toward the autos and after that 'pop, pop".

Grimm said he knows the deputy well and works with him frequently.

Grimm was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery.

Grimm said that he was just doing his job and that while the deputy didn't give him a warning before shooting, he's not out for vengeance.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said the deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

The state attorney general's Bureau of Criminal Division is investigating the shooting. "I just wish I would have said something before he pulled the trigger".

Dale Grimm, the photographer's father and who runs the newspaper, said he knows Shaw but didn't want to comment on the shooting, the Washington Post reports. "I don't want to second guess the deputy because they have to make split-second decisions".



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