SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released videos and files associated with the ongoing investigation into the accidental shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in October 2021.
Sheriff Adan Mendoza says the large amount of files include reverse/dash camera footage, crime scene photos, witness interviews and all other evidence collected throughout the investigation. . According to the statement, other parts of the investigation remain outstanding, including firearms and ballistics forensics, fingerprint analysis and phone data collected from Alec Baldwin’s phone.
Video released Monday shows a law enforcement officer approaching Baldwin on the set of the film in suburban Santa Fe. Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Hutchins inside a small church while preparing to shoot a scene when it went off, killing Hutchins and injuring the director, Joel Souza.
“Are you doing OK?” asks the deputy.
“No, I’m not, actually,” Baldwin replies.
The deputy then explains that Baldwin will have to go to the sheriff’s office for an interview. Baldwin asks to change into his costume and back into his street clothes before heading out. The deputy says he will have to speak to a crime scene technician before granting Baldwin permission to change.
Another clip shows Souza recounting what he remembered while in a hospital bed, waiting to enter the operating room. The bullet that killed Hutchins passed through her and hit Souza, wounding him.
“I heard a very loud bang and felt like someone had kicked me in the shoulder and then I landed on my ass. And then I looked and I saw the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, with blood streaming down her back,” Souza says.
The deputy then asks who gave the gun to Baldwin and if there was any indication that it was loaded with live ammunition. Souza responds, “I remember the gunsmith handing the actor a gun. I don’t know if she said it was cold or clean…but she handed him the gun and then there was a bang. It was a louder bang than I had heard before.
Another video shows a pair of sheriff’s deputies entering the church building where the shooting took place. The 15-minute clip below shows an MP speaking with a member of the film crew who shows officers footage taken from a camera inside the church.
WARNING: The clip below contains profanity.
Other videos released by the sheriff’s office include Baldwin’s formal questioning by law enforcement. Nexstar’s KRQE is working on reviewing the files and will update this story as we learn more.
Last week, the New Mexico Department of the Environment’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety released the results of its investigation. The report found that Rust Movie Productions management knew gun safety procedures were not being followed on set and showed indifference to employee safety.
The production company received a Willful-Serious citation which includes a $136,793 penalty. This is the maximum fine and highest citation level allowed by New Mexico state law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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