Various news outlets are reporting that a photojournalist in the small Ohio town of New Carlisle has been shot without warning by a police officer who apparently mistook his camera for a weapon.
Reports are coming in that photographer Andy Grimm, a photojournalist, had left the office on Monday night to take pictures of the lightning before the storms came in. Grimm had pulled up in his Jeep at a traffic stop which he wasn't part of and in full view of law enforcement began to set up his camera and tripod to take some pictures. It was at this point Grimm was shot in the side without any warning.
According to the local news in the area, Grimm is quoted as saying:
I was going out to take pictures and I saw the traffic stop and I thought, 'Hey, cool. I'll get some pictures here.'
At this point, Grimm pulled into a parking lot and got out of his Jeep in full view of the deputy dealing with an unrelated incident. Grimm then began setting up his camera equipment.
I turned around toward the cars and then 'pop, pop.'
Grimm was shot in the side and was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. Thankfully he is expected to recover from his wounds. The Attorney General’s BCI division is investigating the incident, but at this point no other information has been released.
As you can imagine people are coming out to defend both sides of this story, and while I appreciate that our police officers have to make split second decisions, the actions taken in this instance seem rather disproportionate.