Law enforcement officials released a wealth of video evidence on Monday as part of the ongoing investigation into a fatal shooting in October of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin on the set of ‘a Western.
Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office included video of investigators debriefing Baldwin hours after the fatal shooting, chatting with him in a compact office. Investigation files also include rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in costume as he practices a quick draw maneuver with a gun.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement that his agency’s investigation remains open and ongoing pending the results of FBI ballistics and forensic analysis as well as further investigation. fingerprints and DNA.
Dutch Merrick is a gunsmith and props master for television and film, which means he knows firsthand how actors and film crews are supposed to be protected from firearms on set. He joined LX News host Ashley Holt to talk about the accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film ‘Rust’ and every step that should have stopped it from happening. .
“The Sheriff’s Office is releasing all records associated with our ongoing investigation,” he said in the statement. These records also include ammunition photos of the set and examination reports.
At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on October 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when it exploded, killing Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup to film a scene.
In video taken by police later in the day, Baldwin makes a few frantic calls as he awaits a meeting with law enforcement officials.
“You have no idea how amazing it is and how weird it is,” he says over the phone.
Last week, New Mexico workplace safety regulators imposed the maximum possible fine of nearly $137,000 on the “Rust” film production company.
The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety said Rust Movie Productions had to pay $136,793 and distributed a scathing account of safety failures in violation of standard industry protocols, including testimonials that production managers took limited or no action to remedy two misfires on set before the death. filming.
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.
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.