The shooting of the cinematographer on the set of “Rust” by actor Alec Baldwin last year was ruled by the New Mexico Department of Medical Investigation.
The medical investigator’s report, completed after an autopsy and review of the police report, was released Monday by the Santefe County Sheriff’s Office.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether charges should be filed in the case as they review the latest reports, including those from the FBI regarding revolvers and ammunition recovered after the shooting.
They are also waiting for cell phone data from Baldwin’s legal team.
Baldwin’s attorneys argued that Baldwin’s client should not be prosecuted in connection with the “tragic accident” that killed Halina Hutchins on October 21, according to a medical investigator’s ruling.
“Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the dangerous conditions on set and was told by set safety officials that the gun was ‘cold and believed the gun to be safe,'” the attorney said. ‘s Luke Nikas said in a statement.
The state’s Bureau of Medical Investigation said the shooting was accidental, had “no apparent intent to cause harm or death,” and that there was “no convincing evidence” that live ammunition was intentionally loaded on set. explained.
Baldwin told ABC News in December that he pointed a gun at Hutchins after he told him to do so on the set of a Western film Baldwin was making. He denied pulling the trigger.
“I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said. “I haven’t pulled the trigger.”
but, FBI Analysis of Revolvers What Baldwin held suggested that the gun worked and would not have fired unless it was fully cocked and the trigger pulled.
Baldwin’s Lawyer Nikas told Fox News “FBI report misunderstood.”
“The gun only fired once in the test and I didn’t have to pull the trigger, but the hammer pulled back and the gun broke in two different places,” he said. “In previous tests, the FBI couldn’t fire the trigger because it was in such bad shape.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, a representative for Rust Armor, told Fox News: Halls’ deputy director through his attorney, who said Baldwin had not pulled the trigger.
Baldwin has also said in the past that guns should never have been loaded during rehearsals.
The ammunition seized from the film location was live ammunition found in the building’s cart and holster where the shooting took place. I also found blank and dummy cartridges.
The New Mexico Department of Occupational Safety and Health has identified safety issues on set, including testimony that production managers took little or no action to fix two misfires on set prior to the fatal shooting. had a long list of failures.
with post wire