'Somebody was looking out for me,' journalist shot by Ohio deputy speaks
UPDATE: NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - News editor Andy Grimm told FOX 45's Rhonda Moore that he isn't upset with the officer who shot him
Grimm said he and Deputy Jake Shaw know each other and have had several conversations. Monday night, the officer pulled another driver over and Grimm stopped to shoot pictures of that along with the lightning.
He said instead he ended up getting shot with a 40 caliber gun.
"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'."
He said Deputy Shaw came over to him.
"He said 'oh my God Andy,' then he made the call 'shots fired, got a man down.' He definitely told me, he said 'I thought it was a gun, it thought it was a gun,'" Grimm said.
He was checked out and released from the hospital Tuesday, and said he isn't angry with the deputy.
He's not angry with Deputy Shaw.
"There's so much animosity toward police officers," Grimm said. "He was just doing his job. I think he made a bad decision. He shot somebody, an unarmed civilian. Realistically there's going to be consequences."
Grimm has confidence the Clark County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations will conduct a thorough investigation.
Andy Grimm spoke exclusively to FOX 45 from his home, showing us his wounds and saying "Somebody was looking out for me." He says the bullet that hit him in his side missed vital organs.
Overnight Grimm spoke with FOX 45 from his hospital room at Miami Valley Hospital. He says he was on his way home and decided to get some photos of lightning. As he was driving, he noticed a deputy had pulled a driver over, so he stopped to check that out as well.
Grimm tells FOX 45 he left his vehicle's lights on so the deputy could see him. His camera was in the backseat. He got out of his vehicle to get his camera and when he did, he felt a sting; he said it felt like something bit him.
"I immediately dropped to the ground, and I saw the deputy and that's when I realized, 'Oh man, he shot me.' He came running over and said, 'Oh, I thought that was a gun.'" Grimm said one bullet grazed his shoulder while another hit him in the side.
Grimm said he knows the deputy well and works with him frequently. Grimm tells FOX 45 he does not want the deputy to lose his job over the shooting. "I was on my way to identify myself to the deputy so he didn't think that I was sneaking up on him. I am not mad at the deputy. I just wish I would have said something before he pulled the trigger." The Clark County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy as Jake Shaw. Shaw has been placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues. In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff's office says "Our hearts and prayers are with Mr. Grimm as he recovers and with Deputy Jake Shaw and we ask the community to keep both of them in your hearts and prayers as well."
The Ohio Bureau of Crime Investigation is handling the investigation.
EXCLUSIVE: FOX 45 speaks with Andy Grimm from his hospital room.
UPDATE: New Carlisle News is reporting its reporter was shot during a traffic stop. The reporter has been taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.
NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dispatchers with the Clark County Sheriff's Office confirm there was an officer-involved shooting in New Carlisle Monday night.
They said the shooting happened in the 400 block of North Main Street but did not have any more details available.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.