Newly Released ‘Rust’ Set Video Shows Alec Baldwin’s Reaction, Police Interview

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico sheriff investigating the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin has described the complacency, disorganization and neglected safety measures during the making of the film on a small scale. Budget “Rust”.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said Tuesday he is awaiting forensic analysis of the weapon, projectile, fingerprints and more from the FBI and state medical examiners before handing over the case will take 6 months to prosecutors to decide whether criminal charges will be filed.

“There is a degree of negligence. Whether it gets to the criminal level will be up to the district attorney to determine,” the sheriff told “Good Morning America.” On Monday, he released nearly the entire investigation file after a live ammunition killed Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza during a rehearsal on Oct. 21, 2021. Filming for the Western took place in a ranch on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe.

The vast trove of recently released law enforcement records includes rear-view camera video of the fatally injured Hutchins sliding in and out of consciousness as an evacuation helicopter arrives. Witness interviews, email threads, text conversations, ammunition inventories and hundreds of photographs round out the evidence collection.

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In newly released video, a sheriff’s deputy arrives as medics attempt to attend to Hutchins inside a small wooden church where she was shot during a rehearsal in preparation for filming.

“Halyna, take a deep breath. There you go, good girl,” a doctor said, urging Hutchins to breathe through an oxygen mask.

Outside, a medical evacuation helicopter lands in the desert. A law enforcement officer watches Baldwin, still in 19th-century costume, as the actor smokes the cigarettes of the other cast members of the film.

The evidence was released in response to media requests for documents and in an effort to provide transparency to the investigation. Mendoza, a Democrat, is seeking re-election this year, with a competitive primary in June.

Newly released documents show authorities took down cellphone accounts for text messages, images and audio files created by the cast, crew and ammunition suppliers for “Rust.” Text messages tell of two gun misfires on set before the fatal shooting, although neither involved live ammunition.

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Other videos show investigators as they debrief Baldwin hours after the fatal shooting, chatting with him in a compact office – and rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in a suit as he practices a quick draw maneuver with a firearm.

A lawyer for Baldwin says newly released files support the “Rust” actor and co-producer being careful with guns on set.

“Mr. Baldwin welcomes this investigation,” attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement. “The information that has been revealed by the authorities demonstrates, once again, that Mr. Baldwin acted responsibly.”

When questioned by two investigators, Baldwin says that when the gun went off he was initially unaware that Hutchins would die and was shocked to learn he was holding a gun loaded with live ammunition. Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was on set pointing the gun at Hutchins per his instructions when it went off without him pulling the trigger.

Baldwin told investigators the weapon should have been empty for a rehearsal without shooting.

“There should have been nothing. It should have been a cold gun with no cartridges inside or dummy cartridges,” Baldwin said. “I pull the gun out slowly. I turn around, I cock the gun. Bang, it goes. She (Hutchins) hits the ground.”

Baldwin repeatedly says there were no prior issues of any kind with guns on the set of “Rust.”

These statements are at odds with more recent findings from state workplace safety regulators, which last week imposed the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 on the production company. film “Rust”.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety delivered a scathing account of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimony that production managers only took little or no action to remedy the other two failures.

The office also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said weapons specialists were not authorized to make decisions about additional safety training. Rust Movie Productions said it would challenge the findings and the sanction.

At least five lawsuits were filed for the filming, including a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Hutchins’ family against Baldwin and the film’s other producers. The lawsuit on behalf of widower Matt Hutchins and his 9-year-old son alleges “callous” disregard for on-set safety complaints.

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