Clark County Deputy Placed On Leave After Shooting Newspaper Photographer

Sep 5, 2017

A small Clark County newspaper reports one of its employees was shot by a sheriff's deputy who they say apparently mistook his camera for a weapon. The sheriff's office says the deputy was placed on administrative leave.

The New Carlisle News reports photographer Andy Grimm had left the office Monday night to take pictures of lightning when he saw a Jake Shaw, a Clark County sheriff's deputy, performing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, about 10 miles west of Springfield.

Grimm tells the news organization that he decided to take pictures of the traffic stop. He says he got out of his Jeep and started setting up his tripod and camera when he was shot in the side.

Grimm was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. An update on the organization's Facebook page says Grimm is "doing fine" after surgery and doesn't want the deputy to lose his job.

The Clark's County sheriff's office says Shaw will attend a "critical incident debriefing."

The case has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Updated 4:15 p.m.