BODYCAM VIDEO: Photographer Stops Across From Officer On Stop At Night, Gets Shot

Newspaper photographer Andy Grimm was shot by police after an officer thought his tripod was a weapon.

Newspaper photographer Andy Grimm was shot by police after an officer thought his tripod was a weapon.

Photographer Says He Likes Officer Who Mistakenly Shot Him And Doesn’t Want Him Fired

New Carlisle, Ohio – A newspaper photographer was shot by a police officer who mistook his tripod for a gun September 4th. The photographer has responded saying that he doesn’t want the officer to get fired. (Video below)

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot at about 10 PM when he stopped his car across from the officer’s stop, and got out of his car with a camera and tripod.

The New Carlisle News reported that Grimm had his camera and tripod in his hands when Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Shaw apparently thought it was a weapon and fired his gun. Grimm was struck in his side and another bullet may have grazed his shoulder. Grimm was taken to the hospital and said he is OK.

“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 told the newspaper. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop,'”

Grimm said the deputy didn’t give a warning before firing.

“I know Jake. I like Jake,” Grimm said. “I don’t want him to lose his job over this.”

The New York Daily News reported that the officer rushed over to help Grimm and repeatedly told the photographer, “I thought it was a gun.”

“Now that I’m OK, I’m not so much mad, but when I was on the ground and in the back of the ambulance, I was kind of angry at him,” Grimm told the NY Daily News.

The New Carlisle newspaper reported that the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation division is investigating the shooting.

A Kimberli Deane posted on Grimm’s Facebook wall that she was praying for him. “I thought all the deputies knew you by now,” Deane added.

See the video of the shooting below:

  • Jennifer

    Deputy Shaw: Andy, I’m sorry, brother.
    Grimm: I know.
    Deputy Shaw: Listen. Dude, you pulled that out like a gun out of the back of your Jeep.
    Grimm: I waved.
    Deputy Shaw: Dude.
    Grimm: I know. I know.
    Deputy Shaw: You’re going to be OK. You’re going to be OK, Andy.

    After about two minutes, both men seemed to overwhelmed by the seriousness of what happened.

    Shaw: I’ll call your wife. You’re going to be OK. Andy, you’re going to
    be OK. Alright? Stay strong with me brother. Andy, I love you. Alright?
    I’m sorry, brother.
    Grimm: It’s alright. It’s my fault.

    After saying it was his fault, Grimm went a step further and said he hopes Shaw keeps his job as a deputy.

    Deputy Shaw: You just pulled that out like a gun.
    Grimm: I know I’m on bodycam.
    Deputy Shaw: I know, Andy, listen. I’m sorry, bro.
    Grimm: I did it.
    Deputy Shaw: I thought that was a freaking gun, Andy. You’re going to be alright, brother.
    Grimm: I don’t want you to lose your job for this.
    Deputy Shaw: Listen, listen, you’re going to be OK.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    If a wallet can be mistaken for a firearm, a camera and a tripod can be mistaken for a gun.
    If a backfired muffler can be mistaken for gunfire,a camera and tripod can be mistaken for a gun.
    If a cell phone can be mistaken for a gun, a camera and tripod can be mistaken for a gun.

    Justified shooting .

    • gunslinger97

      That is by far the most intelligent thing I have ever seen you type

  • Rick Johnson

    The officer ask him what he was doing down here. He said to see his girlfriend, after he got shot he kept telling the officer he had to call his wife. Hmmm…

    • Itsthewater

      I took it as the girlfriend comments came from the guy that got pulled over, and the call my wife was the guy that got shot

  • Deplorable Charles

    What kind of training are they giving to police officers these days? Who’s conducting the police training?

    • Itsthewater

      You need to walk in their shoes for a while

      • Warner Walker

        Excusing irresponsible behavior doesn’t help!

        • gunslinger97

          Your mother raised a moron

          • Warner Walker

            Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
            — Plato —

          • gunslinger97

            Got that tattooed as a tramp stamp WW?

          • Warner Walker


      • Deplorable Charles

        I know. But, the officer did not give any command to drop what was in that guy’s hand.

    • gunslinger97

      Do not talk about that which you know nothing of

      • Deplorable Charles

        I don’t answer to you.

        • gunslinger97

          Idiot, this is a discussion forum. I may just follow and comment on every post you make to piss you off

  • Connor Van Vuuren

    Everything looks like a gun when you’re trigger happy.

    • gunslinger97

      God I wish I could slap the shit out of you right now.

      • Dawn Bell

        More like a throat jab!! But even that wouldn’t cure liberalism.

  • IFC_Buzzkill

    Maybe if copis werent being ambushed then they wouldnt be worried about something that looks like a rifle in the dark from 1/2 a block away.
    This shit didnt happen not long ago because there wasnt a fuck the police mentality. Sure it was spoken, but its not like today.

    • M.

      “Fuck the police” is a cultural touchstone actually. Which isn’t to say that that is good or bad (I’m not found of it). But I agree completely. Police training is reacting to the worst case scenario. If the worst case scenario becomes quick, surprise ambushes. Then they will prepare their officers to handle quick, surprise ambushes.

      It’s not that hard to understand. Our society has to try to avoid allowing our young men to get into those situations in the first place.