Clark County sheriff to do internal investigation in deputy shooting

Internal investigation will follow attorney general’s investigation into the shooting of New Carlisle news photographer.


An internal investigation into the actions of a Clark County deputy who shot a news photographer will be conducted after the Ohio attorney general’s investigation is completed.

Deputy Jacob Shaw has been placed on paid administrative leave after he shot New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Monday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Radio traffic obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a public records request from the night a deputy shot a news photographer reveals how first responders reacted to the shooting.

RELATED: Video: Clark County deputy apologizes after shooting photographer

Shaw had stopped a car for a traffic violation and was in his cruiser to report the driver’s information to dispatchers, body camera video shows, when he fired two shots as he opened his driver’s side door.

“I need people here now!” he says to dispatch. “… Andy, I thought it was a freaking gun, dude!”

Shaw immediately begins to administer first-aid to Grimm and call for help.

Grimm says in the body camera video that he doesn’t want Shaw to lose his job over the shooting. Shaw can be heard on the telling Grimm he’ll be all right.

“Got shots fired and I need one here now,” Shaw says to dispatch.

MORE: Body camera released of Ohio news photographer shot by deputy

The dispatcher responds, “I’m clear, I’m getting you help there. Are you injured?”

Not long after, the dispatcher asks Shaw if anyone is not breathing.

“They’re breathing,” Shaw says. “Get them moving this way.”

Other first responders begin to say they’re heading for the scene.

“I need to confirm. We have an officer involved, correct?” one first responder says to dispatch.

“Affirmative,” the dispatcher responds. “122 is on a stop. Had a subject get out of the vehicle with what he thought was a 40. Shots fired.”

The first responder tells dispatchers to contact higher-ups.

“I want the lieutenant notified immediately,” he says.

READ MORE: Plane with 9 people makes emergency stop in Springfield, lands safely

Grimm was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery and was released on Tuesday afternoon. The New Carlisle community has united in support of Grimm. A fundraising page has been created online to support the family as he recovers. Others have posted about helping Grimm photograph events he may miss and raising money to purchase him a new camera.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office continues to investigating the shooting and a spokeswoman declined to comment on Friday.

Shaw makes $20.23 an hour. He applied as a cadet with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in 2012, according to his personnel file. He took a leave to deploy to Afghanistan between 2013 and 2014 and was named a deputy in the jail in 2015. He received good performance reviews in the jail division.

He was reprimanded once for “unsatisfactory performance,” for failing to properly count inmates. He was named to the patrol division in New Carlisle at the end of May, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?
Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson became physician to the president in 2013, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama. It’s a position that has been around since George Washington became president, but it did not become official until Congress created the title in 1928.  Jackson is the 18th person to hold the position, which is...
Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say
Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say

Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires.  Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous.  Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job.  "I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped...
White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam
White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the physician to the president, released the particulars of President Donald Trump’s physical exam in an official report Tuesday. It was Trump’s first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center. The results were released with...
Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders
Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders

The Navy says it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in fatal collisions last year. The USS John S. McCain collision resulted in the death of Champaign County sailor Jacob Drake. Drake was a Petty Officer 2nd class. The charges are to be presented at what the military calls an Article 32 hearing...
Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii
Miami Valley unlikely to experience the kind of false alarm that rattled Hawaii

Last weekend’s false alarm in Hawaii that sent people scrambling for cover is a mistake that is unlikely to be repeated in the Miami Valley, according to Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management. Saturday morning, people were alerted by the Hawaii emergency management agency that a missile attack was imminent. ...
More Stories