Deputy Jacob Shaw, who shot Photographer Andy Grimm after mistaking his tripod for a gun, will not face any criminal charges. A grand jury declined to bring charges against the deputy earlier today.
The grand jury document was released today:
After due consideration of the above case the Special Grand Jury returned NO BILL(s), regarding the on duty shooting by Deputy Jacob Shaw of Andrew Grimm and the surrounding circumstances. After due consideration of the above case the Grand Jury returned a NO BILL(S) and Deputy Shaw is discharged.
Though he will not face criminal charges, Deputy Shaw will now be the subject of an administrative investigation by his department. He's currently working under reassignment at the Clark County Jail.
Grimm's lawsuit is also still being pursued, and thus, both the sheriff's office and Grimm declined any meaningful comment on the grand jury's decision today. You may remember that lawyers are attempting to blame Grimm, saying his "negligence" and "assumption of risk" were to blame for his injuries. Shaw's body cam footage (warning: the footage is not graphic, but may be distressing) shows the deputy relaying license and insurance information relating to a traffic stop before quickly exiting his car and shooting Grimm (who had stopped across the street) without any warning. The footage does not show Grimm's actions before being shot, though he does say he tried to make the deputy aware of his presence by flashing his lights and waving at him.
Lead image by Pixabay user qimono, used under Creative Commons.