(9-5-17) New Carlisle (Ohio) News Photographer Andy Grimm was shot by a local police officer in a misunderstanding of what he was doing late Monday night.
Grimm was out taking shots of the lightning storm that was in progress when he noticed a traffic stop taking place by local police and decided to take a few pictures. The patrolman noticed Grimm and pulled his weapon shooting him twice in the side, thinking Grimm had drawn a gun.
New Carlisle News Facebook postings—
11pm – Monday
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, we will not be able to follow up on this for a while.
1am – Tuesday
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.
2am – Tuesday
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.
In the New Carlisle News story -Grimm talks about the incident-
“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 said he pulled into Studebaker’s parking lot in full view of the deputy, got out of his Jeep in full view of the deputy and started setting up his tripod and camera. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop,'”
“I was just doing my job.”
“I know Jake. I like Jake. I don’t want him to lose his job over this.”
No comment yet from the New Carlysle Police Department on the incident.