A newspaper photographer from Ohio was shot Monday nightÂ by a sheriffâs deputy who apparently mistook his camera and tripodÂ for a gun, and fired without a warning, the newspaper reported.
Andy Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News, left the office at about 10 p.m. to take pictures of lightning when he came across a traffic stop and decided to take photos, according to the paperâs publisher, Dale Grimm.
âHe said he got out, parked under a light in plain view of the deputy, with a press pass around his neck,â Grimm told The Washington Post. âHe was setting up his camera, and he heard pops.â
Clark County Sheriffâs Deputy Jake Shaw did not give any warnings before he fired, striking Andy Grimm on the side, according to the paper.
Dale Grimm, whoÂ is Andy Grimmâs father, said his son called him from an ambulance on the way to the hospital. HeÂ is expected to recover.
Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett has not responded to an email requesting comment. Her officeÂ is referring all questions to the state attorney generalâs Bureau of Criminal Division, which is investigating the shooting.
State investigators wereÂ tight-lipped Tuesday about the shooting.
âWeâre still investigating to determine what exactly occurred,â said Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the attorney generalâs office.
It also remains unclear if Shaw has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, or if he will face disciplinary actions.
Andy Grimm, who knows Shaw, said he does not want the officer to be fired, the paper reported.
âI know Jake,â he said. âI like Jake.â
Asked if he thinks the sheriffâs deputy or the department should be held accountable for the shooting, Dale Grimm said heâd rather not say anything.
âWe know the deputy. This is a small town of 5,000 people â¦ We know the deputies. We work with them on a daily basis. We have an excellent relationship with them,âÂ heÂ said.
Dale Grimm and his son run the family-owned newspaper, located in New Carlisle, a town just outside of Dayton, Ohio. The family contracts with reporters, editors and stringers.
The newspaper echoed the same sentiments of sympathy toward the officer and posted a message on itsÂ Facebook pageÂ asking its readers and followers to refrain from making harsh comments about Shaw.
âOn behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all of the kind messages. One other thing. Please donât mean mouth the deputy. Andy said he doesnât want Jake to lose his job over this,âÂ the paper wrote.
Dale GrimmÂ said he saw Burchett, the sheriff, shortly afterÂ his son was shot.
âShe held my hand. She said, âYou know I love Andy,ââ he said.
HeÂ said the sheriffâs office has not said much to him about what prompted the shooting, but heâs assuming that the officer thought the camera was a weapon.
âHe probably didnât know what it was,â he said. âI donât want to second guess the deputy because they have to make split-second decisions. Sometimes theyâre right, sometimes theyâre wrong.â
Andy Grimm is a known photographer in the community and has been working at the paper for years, his father said.
âHe really took to photography. He watched hundreds of tutorials on YouTube,â Dale Grimm said. âHeâs a whiz with his camera, a whiz with Photoshop. He also lays out the newspaper.â
Dale Grimm said his son had finished laying out the paper before he was shot. Otherwise,Â the print edition would not have been published.