Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ set capturing dominated an accident by medical investigator as actor’s lawyer hits again at FBI


Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” set capturing was dominated an accident by New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator after the completion of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ post-mortem and overview of regulation enforcement reviews from the deadly incident in October.

The medical investigator’s report was made public Monday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office along with FBI data collected from the weapon and ammunition used on the set following the capturing. It’s unclear if Baldwin will nonetheless face any prison costs, together with his legal professionals calling the capturing a “tragic accident.”

“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident. This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” Baldwin legal professional Luke Nikas instructed Fox News Digital.

A reside spherical of ammunition killed cinematographer Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza throughout rehearsal on Oct. 21, 2021. Filming for the Western “Rust” happened at a ranch on the outskirts of the town of Santa Fe, the place that they had been filming inside a small church.

“The FBI report is being misconstrued,” Nikas added. “The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”


Alec Baldwin (pictured two weeks earlier than the incident) is preventing again towards the FBI report from deadly “Rust” set capturing. The Santa Fe medical investigator deemed the incident an accident Monday.
(Mark Sagliocco)

A consultant for “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed instructed Fox News Digital: “The newly released FBI reports show the revolver was in good working order and that Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger to fire the revolver, directly contradicting his prior statements and those of Assistant Director Halls, through his attorney, who also said Baldwin didn’t pull the trigger.”

“The New Mexico Environmental Department’s (OSHA) new complaint highlights serious failures by Production on the Rust set which would have prevented this tragic shooting.”

Baldwin had instructed investigators that because the gun went off, he was unaware initially that Hutchins would die and was shocked to be taught that he had been holding a gun loaded with reside ammunition. Baldwin, who additionally was a producer on the movie, had mentioned the gun ought to have been empty for a rehearsal with no filming.

“These new filings demonstrate various production members’ attempts from the very beginning to shirk responsibility and scapegoat Hannah, a 24-year-old armorer, for this tragedy,” the assertion continued. “Hannah was tasked with doing two jobs including props assistant and the very important job as armorer but not given adequate time and training days to do so despite repeated requests or the respect required of the armorer’s position and responsibilities.


Alec Baldwin appears on video rehearsing with an Old West-style revolver before a fatal "Rust" movie shooting took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Santa Fe in late October.

Alec Baldwin seems on video rehearsing with an Old West-style revolver earlier than a deadly “Rust” film capturing took the lifetime of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Santa Fe in late October.
(Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office)

“This included Baldwin in particular who ignored Hannah’s requests to do specific cross draw training which would include never having his finger on the trigger during the cross draw and never pointing the weapon at anyone. It also bears repeating that Hannah specifically asked to be called back into the Church if Baldwin was going to handle or operate a firearm so she could perform her armorer inspection and safety duties. Yet, neither Baldwin nor Halls nor anyone else in production called Hannah into the Church to perform her armorer duties and complete a final safety check before the fatal shooting, which also would have prevented this terrible tragedy.”

Prosecutors haven’t but determined if any costs might be filed within the case and are nonetheless awaiting Baldwin’s cellphone for overview as of Aug. 3, in line with District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.

Baldwin mentioned in a December interview with ABC News that he was pointing the gun at Hutchins at her instruction on the set of the Western movie “Rust” when it went off after he cocked it. He mentioned he didn’t pull the set off.

“I’m very hopeful when the facts come out we will not be held criminally responsible, but it has changed my life. And I don’t mean this in the ordinary sense that I was involved in something or somebody passed,” Baldwin mentioned throughout an interview on the Boulder International Film Festival in March. “I mean, I was involved in a situation with somebody was killed. It’s changed my life just in terms of the function of weapons in films and television.”

An FBI evaluation of the revolver that Baldwin had in his hand in the course of the rehearsal prompt it was in working order on the time and wouldn’t have discharged until it was totally cocked and the set off was pulled.

Alec Baldwin has claimed he did not pull the trigger of the gun he was holding when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the set of "Rust."

Alec Baldwin has claimed he didn’t pull the set off of the gun he was holding when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the set of “Rust.”
(Jeff Neira/ABC through Getty Images)

With the hammer in full cock place, the FBI report acknowledged the gun couldn’t be made to fireplace with out pulling the set off whereas the working inner elements had been intact and useful.

During the testing of the gun by the FBI, authorities mentioned, parts of the gun’s set off sear and cylinder cease fractured whereas the hammer was struck. That allowed the hammer to fall and the firing pin to detonate the primer.

“This was the only successful discharge during this testing and it was attributed to the fracture of internal components, not the failure of the firearm or safety mechanisms,” the report acknowledged.

It was unclear from the FBI report what number of instances the revolver’s hammer could have been struck in the course of the testing.

Among the ammunition seized from the movie location had been reside rounds discovered on a cart and within the holster that was within the constructing the place the capturing occurred. Blank and dummy cartridges additionally had been discovered.

New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau in a scathing report issued in April detailed a story of security failures in violation of normal trade protocols, together with testimony that manufacturing managers took restricted or no motion to handle two misfires on-set previous to the deadly capturing.

The bureau additionally documented gun security complaints from crew members that went unheeded and mentioned weapons specialists weren’t allowed to make choices about extra security coaching.

In reaching its conclusion that the capturing was an accident, New Mexico’s medical investigator’s workplace pointed to “the absence of obvious intent to cause harm or death” and acknowledged that there was mentioned “no compelling demonstration” that the revolver was deliberately loaded with reside ammunition on the set.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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