Police Officer Shoots Photographer After Mistaking Camera Equipment For Weapon

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

A local Ohio media outlet alleges that one of its photographers was shot Monday evening by a sheriff’s deputy who purportedly thought that camera equipment was a weapon.

Andy Grimm, a photographer for New Carlisle News, was setting up to take pictures of lightning when he witnessed Deputy Jake Shaw conducting a traffic stop, according to the publication. He decided to take out his camera and tripod to capture the seemingly mundane activity. Before being able to take a photo, however, he was reportedly shot in the side.

“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 said, according to New Carlisle News. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop.'”

Grimm was eventually rushed to a nearby hospital for surgery.

“I know Jake. I like Jake. I don’t want him to lose his job over this,” Grimm said, even though he added that the law enforcement officer did not give him any warning. “I was just doing my job.”

Grimm is expected to recover from his wounds and will likely be released Wednesday.

“I talked with Andy a little while ago. He said he is very sore but otherwise is doing fine. On behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all of the kind messages,” New Carlisle News wrote on its Facebook page. “One other thing. Please don’t mean mouth the deputy. Andy said he doesn’t want Jake to lose his job over this.” (RELATED: Louisiana Officer Convicted Of Manslaughter In 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy’s Death)

The incident is now in the hands of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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