NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) — A photographer for a local newspaper is recovering after being wounded in an officer-involved shooting.
Andy Grimm from the New Carlisle News was shot by a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy during a traffic stop on Monday night.
In a Facebook post, the newspaper says Grimm is recovering after surgery. He expects to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Officials were on the scene of the deputy-involved shooting Monday night, according to the Springfield post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Cruisers blocked the 400 block of North Main Street after 11:00 p.m.
According to a post on the New Carlisle News Facebook page, photographer Andy Grimm was shot.
2 NEWS spoke with Grimm in his hospital room. Grimm says he was actually taking photographs of lightning in the area when a traffic stop happened on Main Street near Studebaker’s Restaurant. Grimm was not the subject of the traffic stop.
According to the newspaper, Grimm had his camera and tripod in his hands. Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook those items for a weapon, and fired, hitting Grimm in the side.
Grimm tells 2News he knows the deputy who shot him. Grimm says he doesn’t want Shaw to lose his job because of the shooting.
The Attorney General’s BCI division is investigating the incident.
State Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) issued a statement on his Facebook page, saying:
“Asking for prayers for Andy Grimm and the deputy involved in a shooting late last night. Andy is in recovery and asking that we not bad mouth the deputy. This whole thing is unfortunate and tragic. Everyone involved needs our prayers. Andy is a good friend to me personally and to our community. Let’s support Andy with our prayers and by doing what he asks by not tearing down law enforcement.”