Ohio Reporter Shot Without Warning For Photographing Routine Traffic Stop

Tyler Durden's picture

In one of the more bizarre stories to hit national news this week, an Ohio sheriff's deputy is under investigation for shooting a local reporter who innocently set up a camera and tripod on a public sidewalk to document a routine traffic stop. What's more is the shooting took place in a small town where "everyone knows everybody" and the police officer and victim were actually friends.

Ohio based New Carlisle News reports that its own photographer was shot in the incident which occurred Monday night:

Andy Grimm was shot by a Clark County deputy Monday evening. Andy had left the office around 10:00 p.m. to take pictures of lightning. There was a traffic stop on Main Street near Studebaker’s Restaurant, but Andy was not the subject of the stop. He had his camera and tripod in his hands and Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook it for a weapon and fired, striking Andy in the side. He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover from his wounds.

Image source: New Carlisle News

Body camera video released by the Clark County Sheriff's Office shows Deputy Jake Shaw shoot Grimm. The shooting sequence begins at 3:20 in as the officer is checking info inside the police car on speeder he pulls over.

In an unexpected twist, the wounded cameraman is now pleading for the officer to keep his job. Grimm told local reporters, "I know Jake. I like Jake. I don't want him to lose his job over this," in reference to the sheriff's deputy that shot him.

The victim's father, Dale Grimm, told The Washington Post that his son "got out, parked under a light in plain view of the deputy, with a press pass around his neck. He was setting up his camera, and he heard pops." Sheriff's deputy Jake Shaw reportedly gave no warning before firing.

The case has been turned over to the the Ohio state attorney general’s Bureau of Criminal Division. While it's entirely possible that there's much more here than what's being reported - for example, there could have been some kind of personal dispute between the friends - the strange incident is part of a growing list of "shoot first, ask questions later" incidents which display an increasingly militarized and trigger-happy mentality by local and state police.

As we reported last week in The Alarming Militarization of American Police, it is deeply disturbing that the federal government currently seeks to pass on military hardware to local and state authorities which continue to display lack of judgement as well as over the top tactics while dealing with routine local civilian matters. Local police forces should never operate like the Pentagon, but it appears we're headed down precisely that path:

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order clearing the way for local police in America to receive military gear such as grenade launchers, high-calibre weapons, and armored vehicles. Trump and the DOJ have just reversed former President Barack Obama’s restrictions that allows local police departments to receive surplus military equipment.


...Let’s not kid ourselves, America by the day is turning into a police state where power through police force is the objective. The citizens of the police state may experience restrictions on social or financial mobility, or even on their freedom to express or communicate alternative political views.

No, the sheriff's deputy who possibly mistook a simple camera and tripod on a small-town street for a mounted assault rifle should not keep his job - he is an absolute danger to society. But could we imagine if such police made regular use of mounted 50-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers?

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Croesus's picture

Reporter Lives Matter

Croesus's picture

If cops are so effing trigger-happy, and so effing scared of the public...THEN THEY SHOULDN'T BE COPS.

VWAndy's picture

they just playin. aint scared of jack. As long as the pay is good they dont give rats ass. And the courts dont either. 

NoDebt's picture

Oh, something's up with this story.  This smells nine different kinds of wrong.  This isn't what happened or why.  Guaranteed.  The needle on my bullshit detector is pinned full-scale.


VWAndy's picture

Nothing would surprize me these days if it involves anyone on team fiat.

erkme73's picture

He. Will. Be. Cleared.

BlindMonkey's picture

That is the safe bet. I'm sure he feared for his life and all of that. 

MozartIII's picture

Need to back to Barnie Fife days. No guns for cops! They are not mentaly capable to carry guns. They are the menace to society. Very sad! While we are at it, keep your dogs away from the cops, they randomly shoot them for no reason (this tends to be a large city problem, not small town or rural areas, they still have brains for the most part), evil fuckers!

847328_3527's picture

In this climate of violence if it's dark and someone has a tripod pointed at me, I might do the same thing. Hard to know if it's a tripod or gun in the dark and the heat of the moment esp the way peeples have been mowing down cops (with Obama's endorsement).

HardAssets's picture

No, a camera tripod doesn't look like a gun

Luc X. Ifer's picture

In Murica obviously the term 'friend' is an euphemism when one side of the relation is part of the authocratic system.

Clycntct's picture

Yeah but if he's shooting me and my hair is out of place it's as bad

as if it were a gun pointed at me

Mr 9x19's picture

his fault, he used tripod. he should have used ipod...


HowdyDoody's picture

"No, a camera tripod doesn't look like a gun"

It does to a trigger-happy Apache pilot/gunner


SoDamnMad's picture

But it coulda been a Russian Kornet AT missile tripod and you know how many of those have been used in cop shootings around the country.

Akzed's picture

Someone who had the wherewithal to set up a sniper's nest with a tripod-mounted weapon, just to bushwhack a po-po, would not have done it under a street lamp.


virgule's picture

1) That cop is a good shot. Less than 2 seconds passed between the sound of him grabing his gun, turning around, raising his head to look at the target, aim and shoot.

2) Zero hesitation, smooth movement, didn't even pause to aim, even though the target was at respectable distance for a hand-held weapon

3) Absolutely no summon to the target or verbal warning of his intentions to use lethal force.

Me thinks this is not an accident

YUNOSELL's picture

There was a time that I believed people became police officers because they had something in them that wanted to help people and protect them from criminals. How silly of me. Now I see most cops become cops to be able to hold a gun in public and all the power and respect that comes with that.

Implied Violins's picture

Yeah, he didn't shoot his dog first.

Rockatanski's picture

not mine. this just goes to prove way too many cops probably cheated thier psych eval. not all but alot of them are not right in the head.

mvsjcl's picture

Failed the psych test? It wouldn't surprise me if they passed the psych test. These days, who knows what the hell they're testing for!

Seeing Red's picture

NoDebt -- clearly you're on the right forum.

But seriously, Congress should ban all [privately-owned] cameras to prevent more senseless tragedies like this.

Ajax-1's picture

Agreed. There is much more to this story. 

yellensNIRPles's picture

Indeed. Something stinks bad here. What's next, "Police officers may no longer be filmed by the press or the public for fear of another incident..."

No attempt whatsoever to identify himself as a police officer, no previous warning or action whatsoever, nothing. Just sitting in my car doing my thing then BAM fuck that guy, oh and let's run over right to him immediately even though it's dark out and in every police video EVER everyone just stands there acting like the dead guy is the fucking Terminator and waits for 57 backup officers. No calls for backup when he noticed something outside of his car that might prompt him to you know, draw his gun and fucking shoot someone, an American flag in the body camera shot, absolutely everything about this is fucking off.


mpnut's picture

Jackass is understatement of the year for this cop..

takeaction's picture

WHy aren't they trigger happy in Chicago or Baltimore??

Ms. Erable's picture

Better donut shops in the big cities.

rockstone's picture

They aren't around in Chicago and Baltimore.

junction's picture

These trigger-happy shootings won't slow down until police chiefs get fired for defending the misconduct of their low IQ Nazi officers.

divingengineer's picture

Glad it wasn't a woman pushing a baby carriage, or a bunch of Jehovas Whitnesses knocking on doors.
Fucking pussy needs a set of balls, not a gun.

land_of_the_few's picture

Not seeing the downside with the wackos actually. Nothing too fatal for them, hopefully? Can people claim self-defence if they put a few rounds throught their own front door when they are asked do they have Jesus in their life via their letterbox?

abyssinian's picture

time to ban cameras, reporters, tripot, bipots, pots too maybe... 


MaxThrust's picture

"time to ban cameras, reporters, tripot, bipots, pots too maybe..."

You can add all of the above to the Pressure Cookers and Backpacks.

SixIsNinE's picture

at the local new campus football stadium the university made it simple:  BANNED :  ALL bags. 

you can bring in items which will fit in a clear plastic 12" x 12" x 6" baggie.  Got it plebes!


That's right.  No kind of purse at all for women.  Apparently men are still allowed to bring in a wallet in their back pocket though, so there's that. 


Home of the Slave ! 


edit:  can't wait to get that IMF crypto blockchained rfid injected so we won't even have to worry about the damn wallet!


HardAssets's picture

I no longer waste time going to sporting events unless my own kids are playing, but I definitely wouldn't go to that schools events.

The country has been taken over by sniveling wimps.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ? Apparently not.

Mr. Universe's picture

Easy fix, don't go to that shit show ever.

HRH Feant2's picture

How the fuck did the cop mistake a tripod for a gun? Weird.

KFBR392's picture

isnt this conclusive proof that cops are equal opportunity overly reactive shooters? the guys white not black. see? cops will shoot anyone that doesnt absolutely conclusively proof they are not a threat to their ahh-thor-ahh-tay. black people should finally get off their butt hurt high horse now. 

Golden Showers's picture

Yeah. That's classic. Shake hands and make up.

So why didn't Jake just shoot the guy he pulled over first and then shoot Dale? Like, stay there you are getting a ticket, but Ima kill this dude real quick and get back with you. Don't move a muscle.

Isn't that in the police manual?

Step one: pull over suspect

Step two: shoot every bystander and witness

Step three: write ticket.

Protect and serve, bitchez!

HardAssets's picture

They sure hire the stupid ones nowadays.

SoDamnMad's picture

In Salt Lake City where they arrest ER room nurses, it's "Serve with Integrity".

FixItAgainTony's picture

Just let them machine gun the whole miserable town. Who gives a fuck anymore? Don't even fill out the armory paperwork.

When the state popo shows up, just shrug shoulders, "I know nutzin'"

wisehiney's picture

Where do I want to live?

Let's see....hurricane, fire, killer cops.....hmmmm......

just the tip's picture

hurricanes and fires are seasonal.

Implied Violins's picture

So is HAARP and CIA/FBI agents with matches. Just sayin'.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Isreal just bombed some shit... sneaky fuckers.

Clock Crasher's picture

Promote that man IMMEDIATELY.


I'm talking about the cop!

Schmuck Raker's picture

Finally a pig that shoots someone he knows, yahoo!