Horrifying pictures of Kobe Bryant ‘s fatal helicopter crash were taken and shared by eight Sherrif’s deputies, it has been claimed.
The NBA legend and his daughter Gigi, 13, were killed alongside seven others when Kobe’s helicopter went down over Calabasas, in Los Angeles.
Now, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said he’s shocked after learning that eight of his deputies took photographs of the crash site and shared them with others.
He said that the images taken at the scene of the tragic crash have now been erased and that the deputies involved are facing disciplinary action and investigation.
The Sheriff said he felt there had been a “sense of betrayal” towards the families of those lost in the crash.
He added that the only people authorised to take pictures at the scene were the coroner and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators.
Kobe’s widow Vanessa was left devastated when she found out that deputies had taken pictures of the crash, potentially including images of the remains of her beloved husband and daughter.
And it’s said that she wants those responsible to be punished.
It had been reported that the deputies who took pictures at the tragic scene sent them on to numerous people outside of the Sheriff’s Department.
One deputy trainee is also said to have shown photographs of the remains to a woman in a bar, but when the bartender overheard, he made an online complaint to the department.
Sheriff Vallanueva said it’s not a crime for law enforcement officials to take photographs at the scene of an incident, but that it is against department policy. He issued an apology to the family.
Basketball legend Kobe, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine killed in the tragic helicopter crash.