SANTA FE, BONANZA CREEK RANCH: According to a recent FBI assessment into the death of Halyna Hutchins, the gun could not have fired a bullet unless the trigger was pulled. According to the newly released information, Alec Baldwin claimed that simply hitting the hammer would not fire the pistol.
The report further refutes the ‘The Boss Baby’ star’s claim that he fired the gun, which was supposed to be loaded with fake bullets. Baldwin accidentally shot Hutchins on the set of his film Rust in October 2021, resulting in Hutchins’ death. Director Joel Souza sustained injuries in the same accident at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Santa Fe County Police Department previously filmed a video discussing their first encounter with Baldwin and how he described the incident. He has consistently refuted claims that he fired the rifle. According to Baldwin, it was armed with fake bullets. However, a recent FBI report concluded that the trigger had to be pulled in order for it to fire. This suggests he remains charged with a crime related to the incident. According to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, the matter is being referred to the District Attorney for further processing.
On Saturday, August 13, authorities said they were awaiting the actor’s phone records and that the attorney has been working closely with police to resolve the matter. However, detectives will review the records before sending a case file to prosecutors to determine if charges can be filed.
In order to conduct a more thorough investigation, the FBI’s forensic report examined every aspect of the catastrophic accident. The 45 Colt caliber F.lli Pietta revolver described in one section of the study cannot be fired without someone pulling the trigger. Police reportedly made the decision to conduct an accidental discharge test, but it’s unclear if they used the same gun or a replica of it. In addition, research claims that a working gun will not fire a bullet and primer at the same time.
Baldwin said in an interview with ABC News that Halyna helped him place the hammer as he pulled it back and posed for the camera with it. Later in the investigation, he claimed that he was told he was in possession of a “cold gun,” which refers to a firearm loaded with a counterfeit cartridge. Baldwin said, “I didn’t pull the trigger.” The actor claimed he released it, and it fired without him pulling the trigger. According to a recent FBI report, the action could trigger a gunshot without actually firing a shot. A criminal prosecution of the actor and other people involved in the accidental shot may still result from these findings.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in an October 2021 interview with Today that it’s possible the perpetrators could be prosecuted. He explained: “Right now it’s too early to rule anything out, but I don’t think anyone is exempt from facing criminal charges. I think there was complacency on set, as I said. The district attorney will determine whether the level of negligence and confusion warrants a criminal charge.”
When sheriffs investigated Baldwin, the actor said that a missing box of toy balls was suddenly resurfaced on the day of the shooting. He stated that when the crew returned to the box after the incident, they found that live ammunition had been mixed into the dummy cartridges. Baldwin insisted that gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez be questioned by sheriff’s detectives about the box. However, Hannah has repeatedly assured the public of her innocence in a series of statements.
During the investigation, the police officer told Baldwin, “I have bad news for you. She didn’t survive”. He rose abruptly from his seat, yelled “No!” and demanded to be excused so he could call his wife, Hilaria. Baldwin left the room, holding his head. He was later discovered in the sheriff’s department parking lot. Baldwin was reportedly fired from a number of films for this alleged offense. The Hutchins family is suing Baldwin, although no one has been formally charged in connection with the incident. However, Rust Movie Productions was fined $136,793 by the New Mexico Occupational Safety and Health Bureau for safety violations that went beyond accepted industry standards.