Santa Fe Sheriff’s ‘Rust’ Filming Investigation Files Released

The Santa Fe County Sheriff today released “all files associated with our ongoing investigation” into the shooting of DP Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film starring Alec Baldwin. Rust Last year. Baldwin was holding the gun when it discharged.

“Today the sheriff’s office is releasing all records associated with our ongoing investigation,” Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said. “The files are all related to the Rust on-set investigation and include rear-view/dash camera footage from deputies and detectives, incident reports, crime scene photos, examination reports, witness interviews, filming videos and staff photos collected throughout this investigation,” Mendoza said.

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The sheriff’s office also said the investigation remains “open and ongoing.”

Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured by a bullet fired from a gun held by Alec Baldwin, who said he was told the gun was unloaded. He also claimed he didn’t pull the trigger and must have misfired as he pointed the gun at the camera during rehearsals Oct. 21 at Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa F.

According to Sheriff Mendoza, “Various elements of the investigation remain outstanding, including FBI firearms and ballistics analysis, as well as DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, the bureau’s report of findings from the New Mexico medical examiner and analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin’s phone data extracted by Suffolk County Sheriff’s investigators.

“Once these investigative materials are provided to the sheriff’s office, we can complete the investigation and forward it to the Santa Fe District Attorney for review,” Sheriff Mendoza said.

An attorney for Alec Baldwin said late last week that Wednesday’s report from New Mexico security officials “exonerates” his client. The report cites “serious mismanagement” by the Rust production company in its investigation into the on-set shooting that killed Hutchins and seriously injured director Joel Souza last year.

The film’s gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed also said some degree of vindication after the safety report was released on Wednesday.

“After OSHA’s very thorough safety investigation involving numerous interviews and review of documents, it concluded that the production deliberately failed to meet national firearm safety standards, which caused this tragedy,” Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles, told Deadline on Wednesday. “OSHA found that Hannah Gutierrez Reed was not given sufficient time or resources to complete her work, despite her expressed concerns,” the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney noted.

In the damning report, Rust Movie Productions LLC and its management were hit with a maximum fine of $136,793 by the New Mexico Bureau of Occupational Health and Safety for their “willful and gross” violation of procedures. work safety during the filming of the independent western.

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