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Police Officer Shoots Cameraman After Mistaking Tripod For A Gun


Ohio-based photographer Andy Grimm said he does not feel anger toward the Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Shaw, the officer who shot him Monday evening while he was setting up his camera equipment.

Deputy Jake Shaw was placed on administrative leave Tuesday. The sheriff’s office said Shaw will attend a “critical incident debriefing” after the shooting in New Carlisle, Ohio

“He shot somebody, an unarmed civilian. Realistically there’s going to be consequences. There’s so much animosity toward police officers. He was just doing his job. I think he made a bad decision,” Grimm said.

According to Grimm, who spoke to Fox 45, he got out of his Jeep to take photos of a traffic stop and started setting up a tripod and camera when he was shot in the side.

“My camera was already on the tripod,” Grimm said, “and I grabbed it like this and turned and I just hear pop, pop. I did not hear a single warning, did not hear the deputy identify himself. I said, ‘What the [bleep] Jake Shaw, you shot me dude’.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will release body-camera footage, radio traffic and other documents related to Monday’s officer-involved shooting.

Furthermore, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said an investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a division of the Attorney General’s office.

As fo Grimm, he said he knows Deputy Shaw well and does not what him to lose his job over the shooting.

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