FBI forensic report finds Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger on ‘Rust’ set: report


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A new discovery has been made in the fatal “Rust” shooting involving Alec Baldwin.

According to ABC News, which obtained a copy of the FBI forensic report, the gun used on the New Mexico film set could not have been fired without the trigger being pulled.

The FBI conducted an accidental discharge test and determined that the weapon used in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins “could not fire without pulling the trigger,” the report said, according to the outlet.

A new discovery has been made in Alec Baldwin’s involvement in the fatal “Rust” shooting.
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Testing showed that when the hammer of the Colt 45 caliber F.lli Pietta single action revolver was in the quarter and half cock positions, the gun would not fire without the trigger being pulled.

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When the hammer was in the fully cocked position, the gun “could not be fired without pulling the trigger while the internal working components were intact and functional,” according to the outlet.

In December, Baldwin, who was in possession of the gun on set, told ABC News he did not fire the gun. “The trigger wasn’t pulled,” Baldwin said. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

The Santa Fe Sheriff's Office Received the Full FBI Forensic Report on Alec Baldwin "Rust" filming.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has received the FBI’s full forensic report on the shooting of Alec Baldwin “Rust”.
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Nearly 10 months after the fatal “Rust” shooting, which resulted in the death of Hutchins, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has received the full forensic report from the FBI.

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According to a news release, Santa Fe Sheriff Detectives received the full forensic reports from the FBI on August 2. They were then forwarded to New Mexico’s Office of the Investigating Physician (IMO) “for review.”

“The IMO had advised the Sheriff’s Office that they needed these forensic reports to complete their investigation,” the statement said. The sheriff’s office received the “Official IMO Reports” on Wednesday.

This aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM on October 23, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin held a gun on the set of a western filmed at the ranch on October 21;  the gun discharged a live projectile, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

This aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM on October 23, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin held a gun on the set of a western filmed at the ranch on October 21; the gun discharged a live projectile, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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According to the release, detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homicide and Computer Crimes Unit in New York are still actively assisting the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office in obtaining and processing Alec Baldwin’s phone records.

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“The District Attorney’s Office worked with the Suffolk County PD and Baldwin’s attorney to acquire the phone records,” Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said. “Once the Suffolk County PD completes their assistance to the agency and sends these tapes to New Mexico law enforcement, our detectives will then need to thoroughly review these phone records for evidentiary purposes.”

Once the phone records are obtained, along with the official IMO and forensic reports reviewed, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s investigation file will be sent to the District Attorney for review and ultimately a final charging decision.


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