SANTA FE COUNTY, NM – According to reports, investigators have concluded that actor Alec Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger on the “Rust” movie set in October of 2021, which said the round fired from the weapon wound up killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Back on October 21st, 2021, 42-year-old Hutchins was fatally shot while working on the set of the film “Rust,” whilst Baldwin was reportedly handling a “prop” firearm that was later revealed to be anything but a prop firearm. During the incident, 48-year-old movie director Joel Souza was also injured by the gunfire when the weapon was discharged.
As the investigation into the incident was initially unfolding, it was learned that the film’s production crew was already concerned about gun safety, citing two other incidents involving weapon misfires.
Come October 27th, a search warrant affidavit revealed that production armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed handed assistant director David Halls the firearm that was used during the fatal incident, which Halls reportedly told investigators that he “should have” checked all the chambers before handing the weapon off to Baldwin.
In the months since the incident, a lawsuit was filed against Baldwin by Hutchins’ family, accusing the actor and the film’s producers of “reckless conduct and cost-cutting measures” that “led to the death of Halyna Hutchins.”
In the wake of the fatal shooting, Baldwin maintained that he hadn’t actually pulled the trigger of the weapon during the October 2021 incident, making the infamous claim during a December 2021 interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos during the aforementioned interview that he had “no idea” how a live round managed to find its way into the firearm but asserted, “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.”
However, what he told Stephanopoulos was quite a bit different from what he told investigators following the shooting, where during an interview at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, he mentioned that he “shot the gun.”
“When I shot the gun, away from the cameraman, I never aim the gun at the camera, I turned, and I went like this,” with Baldwin then motioning his hand into the shape of a firearm and panning across the room, adding, “And she was there. And the gun went off. And she just went right on the ground.”
An FBI forensic report released earlier in August further reiterates that there was no way the firearm used during the incident could’ve gone off without having the trigger pulled. The gun in question, a .45 Long Colt single-action revolver, was subjected to an accidental discharge test which determined the aforementioned conclusion.
Baldwin has yet to comment on the released analysis as of this writing.
Hutchins’s death was “classified as an accident” by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, with the report noting, “Review of available law enforcement reports showed no compelling demonstration that the firearm was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set.”
Officials are still investigating the matter and have not announced whether Baldwin or any other individual will face any charges in the woman’s death.
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on August 14, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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