FBI tests suggest gun in ‘Rust’ shooting could not fire without trigger pull

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Recently released FBI forensic reports suggest that the revolver Alec Baldwin wielded in the fatal shooting of cameraman Halyna Hutchins on the “Rest” film set would not have been discharged without the trigger being pulled while the gun was cocked.

In October 2021, Baldwin held a prop gun that fired and killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. It is not clear why there was a sharp bullet in the gun.

Two months later, Baldwin told ABC News that even though he had cocked the gun, “the trigger hadn’t been pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.” The actor and producer said he felt “someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”

“I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never,” he said, adding, “Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

The .45-caliber Long Colt F.lli Pietta single-action revolver Baldwin held onto the New Mexico set includes quarter- and half-cock safety devices, “which are intended to prevent the hammer from slipping during cocking and releasing of the hammer.” by pulling a normal trigger,” the FBI report said. During testing in these two positions, the weapon “could not fire without pulling the trigger. When sufficient pressure was applied to the trigger, each of these safety positions was overcome and the hammer fell.”

When tested in the fully cocked position, the revolver “could not be made to fire without pulling the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional.” The report notes that during testing “parts of the trigger screw and cylinder stopper broke as the hammer was struck”, resulting in “the only successful discharge during this test and it was attributed to the breakage of internal components, not the failure of the firearm or security mechanisms.”

The report noted that “when an investigation is inadvertently conducted, it may not be possible to recreate or duplicate all the circumstances that led to the discharge of a firearm without pulling the trigger.”

Luke Nikas, a lawyer for Baldwin, said in a statement that the report is “misinterpreted”.

“The gun fired only once during testing — without pulling the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places,” Nikas said. “The FBI was unable to fire the weapon in a previous test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such bad shape.”

The declassified documents also included a toxicology report for Hutchins, which came back negative, and a postmortem examination signed by New Mexico chief medical examiner Heather Jarrell, which listed the cameraman’s cause of death as a “gunshot wound to the chest” and the manner in which he died. on which “accidentally.”

“The critical report is that of the coroner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident,” Nikas said. “This is the third time New Mexico authorities have determined that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on set, having been told by the person in charge of on-set safety that the gun was ‘was cold,’ and believed the gun was safe.”

In April, Rust Movie Productions was fined nearly $137,000, the maximum allowed under New Mexico law, after a report from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Bureau of Occupational Health and Safety discovered that the film crew violated safety rules and showed “clear indifference to worker safety.”

“Our investigation found that this tragic incident would never have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed the movie industry’s national standards for firearms safety,” James Kenney, secretary of the New Mexico Environment Office, told CNN at the time. “This is a complete failure by the employer to follow recognized national protocols that keep workers safe.”

The FBI declined to comment on the reports.

The documents did not elaborate on why there was a live round in the revolver. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the case is still ongoing.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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