Bodycam footage shows the moment cop shoots photographer without warning
The body camera footage from Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Shaw has been released showing the moment he shot New Carlisle News photographer, Andy Grimm. Grimm had left work to cover a lightning storm when he pulled over to photograph a traffic stop. Seemingly mistaking Grimm’s camera and tripod for a gun, Shaw shot at Grimm twice without warning.
The first shot grazed Grimm’s shoulder, and the second went through his torso. The bodycam footage shows the events as they took place. Don’t worry, the footage isn’t gruesome, in fact it’s so dark you can barely see a thing. But you can hear the conversation.
As we can hear in the video, no warning was given. It was simply turn and fire. After immediately recognising each other, Grimm’s first thought was have Shaw call his wife and let her know what happened. Shaw tells Grim “I’m sorry, brother. listen, Andy, I’m sorry. Dude, you pulled [the camera] out like a gun, dude… Dude, I thought it was a freakin’ gun”
As he lay in agony on the ground, other than his wife, Grimm’s thoughts were with the safety of his camera in the rain, and not wanting his friend, Shaw, to lose his job over the incident.
Unfortunately for Grimm, his Nikon D750 camera did not make it. As for Shaw, the incident has been handed to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. It is unknown what has or will happen to Shaw at this stage.
Grimm was treated at the scene, and then taken to hospital for surgery. Grimm describes his injuries with ABC 22/Fox 45 Dayton via Twitter.
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Grimm is expected to make a complete recovery.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.