News Photographer Shot by Deputy at Traffic Stop

Andy Grimm's camera equipment may have been mistaken for a weapon
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2017 7:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – State investigators in Ohio are looking into a police shooting that occurred under odd circumstances Monday night. A small-town news photographer in Ohio was shot when a deputy apparently mistook his camera equipment for a weapon, reports Fox 8. The photographer, Andy Grimm, got hit in his side but is expected to make a full recovery after surgery. Grimm works for the New Carlisle News, which reports that he'd gone out to take photos of lightning about 10pm when he encountered a deputy making a traffic stop. Grimm pulled over and tells the newspaper that the deputy shot him without warning as he held his camera and tripod in his hands.

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"I know Jake. I like Jake. I don't want him to lose his job over this," Grimm says of the deputy, identified as Jake Shaw. If that may not sound like the typical sentiment after a police shooting, Grimm's father, who happens to be publisher of the New Carlisle newspaper, elaborates: “New Carlisle is a small town,” says Dale Grimm. “Everybody knows everybody and everybody looks out for everyone else.” (Read more police shooting stories.)

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