SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – A sheriff's deputy who mistook a news photographer's camera for a gun shot the photographer without any warning, according to video footage released Wednesday.
Clark County deputy Jake Shaw was sitting in his cruiser waiting for information on a vehicle he had pulled over, then opened his cruiser door and fired two shots a second later Monday night, according to footage from Shaw's body camera.
Shaw realized his mistake immediately as he rushed to the aid of the photographer, Andy Grimm, whom he knew, according to the video.
"Andy, I'm sorry, brother," Shaw said. "Listen, dude, you pulled that out like a gun out of the back of the Jeep."
"I thought it was a freaking gun, Andy," Shaw said a minute later.
Grimm is heard trying to explain that he waved at Shaw and flashed his car lights, but he also takes responsibility, saying "it's my fault." Later, he tells the deputy he doesn't want him to lose his job.
As Shaw reports over the radio that he fired two shots, Grimm says, "Thank God you missed one."
Later, Shaw is heard crying and praying that Grimm, who was shot in his side, will be all right. The deputy keeps pressure on Grimm's wound as he urges first responders to hurry.
Grimm, 37, was on his way to photograph a lightning storm when he saw the traffic stop and decided to take a picture, according to a statement released Tuesday by the New Carlisle News, a family-owned weekly newspaper.
WDTN-TV reports Grimm underwent surgery at a hospital after the shooting and was released Tuesday. Grimm slept well overnight but was very sore Wednesday, said his father, Dale Grimm, the newspaper's publisher.
The sheriff's office didn't comment on the video.
Shaw, 25, joined the sheriff's department in 2012 and became a full-time deputy in 2015, according to his personnel file. He worked in the jail before going on the road.
Shaw has average or above average performance comments in his file, but he was reprimanded last year for failing to electronically record his hourly checks on inmates.
He's on administrative leave following the shooting, which is under investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The attorney general's office will prosecute the case at the request of the Clark County prosecutor.
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