The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has launched an investigation following a report that deputies shared graphic photos from the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others.
In a story published Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported two public safety sources told the paper deputies had shared images of “the crash scene and the victims’ remains.”
One source said they saw a photo on the phone of another individual in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation. It’s unclear if the deputies snapped the photos at the crash site in Calabasas or obtained them from someone else.
A sheriff’s department official told the Times the “matter is being looked into.”
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in the crash on Jan. 26, along with pilot Ara Zobayan; Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli; his wife Keri Altobelli; their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach; Payton Chester, a basketball teammate of Gianna’s; her mother, Sarah Chester; and Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
The NBA champion’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter.