NEW CARLISLE, Ohio — A small Ohio news organization says one of its employees has been shot by a sheriff’s deputy who they say apparently mistook his camera for a weapon.
The New Carlisle News reports photographer Andy Grimm had left the office Monday night to take pictures of lightning when he saw a Clark County sheriff’s deputy performing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, north of Dayton.
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. He’s expected to recover.
Dale Grimm, the paper’s publisher and Andy’s father, told Fox 8 News that Andy is “terribly sore, but in good spirits.”
He expected his son to be released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Dale Grimm said his son is very worried that the deputy might lose his job over the incident.
“New Carlisle is a small town,” Dale Grimm said. “Everybody knows everybody and everybody looks out for everyone else.”
“I am humbled by the outpouring of love and affection from the community for Andy,” he said.
The case has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.