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LA Sheriff’s Deputy Shared Kobe Bryant Crash Photos While Playing ‘Call of Duty’

  • Michael Russell says he gave inaccurate statements in probe
  • Vanessa Bryant sued LA County for invasion of privacy
A memorial in remembrance of Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in California, on Jan. 28, 2020. 

A memorial in remembrance of Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash in California, on Jan. 28, 2020. 

Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy said he shared grisly photos from the site of a helicopter crash where NBA star Kobe Bryant was killed with a fellow deputy while the two were playing the popular video game “Call of Duty.”

Deputy Michael Russell told an L.A. federal jury Tuesday that he texted photos from the crash site to his video game buddy a day after the deadly accident. He also admitted that he submitted several inaccurate statements during an internal department investigation.