News photographer sues Ohio sheriff’s deputy who shot him

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) – A federal lawsuit says an Ohio county sheriff’s office has withheld information and retaliated against a weekly newspaper after a deputy shot a news photographer setting up to take a photo of a traffic stop.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by Andrew Grimm and KBA News Inc. against deputy Jacob Shaw, Clark County and New Carlisle claims Shaw used excessive force and violated Grimm’s civil rights.

Shaw said he mistook Grimm’s camera for a gun when he shot him twice in September in New Carlisle, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Columbus.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.

The Springfield News-Sun reports a Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman and the New Carlisle city manager declined to comment.

The suit seeks at least $75,000 in damages. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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