Ohio newspaper photographer shot when deputy mistook camera gear for weapon, paper reports

A photographer for a small news organization in Ohio says he was shot by a sheriff's deputy who mistook his camera for a weapon.

Photographer Andy Grimm left the office Monday to photograph lightning when he saw a Clark County sheriff's deputy performing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, north of Dayton, The New Carlisle News reports.

Grimm got out of his Jeep to take pictures of the traffic stop and started setting up his tripod and camera when he was shot in the side, the paper said.

"I turned around toward the cars and then `pop, pop,"' Grimm said in the paper's story.

An update on the organization's Facebook page says Grimm is "is very sore but otherwise is doing fine" after surgery and doesn't want the deputy to lose his job.

"This is a small town. Everybody knows everybody. Everybody looks out for one another," Dale Grimm, Grimm's father and the publisher of the weekly paper along with two others, said in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

Dale Grimm said it's not clear what the deputy was thinking. He says, though, that Andy is uninterested in seeing the officer punished.

"One behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all of the kind messages. One other thing. Please don't mean mouth the deputy. Andy said he doesn't want Jake to lose his job over this," the Facebook update also stated.

The case has been turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Messages left for the sheriff's department and BCI weren't immediately returned Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report