FBI forensic report claims gun used by Alec Baldwin in fatal movie set shooting could not have been fired without pulling the trigger - bdsthanhhoavn.com

FBI forensic report claims gun used by Alec Baldwin in fatal movie set shooting could not have been fired without pulling the trigger

A newly-released forensic report says the gun involved in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, despite actor Alec Baldwin claiming he never did.

Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins during the set-up for the filming of a scene for the western in New Mexico on October 21 last year, when it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding the director, Joel Souza.

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Baldwin said he was pointing the gun at Hutchins at her instruction and it went off without him pulling the trigger.

Now, through accidental discharge testing, a FBI forensic report has determined that the firearm used in the shooting could not have fired without the trigger being pulled, according to ABC News.

The report stated that with the hammer in the quarter- and half-cock positions, the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger”.

It found with the hammer fully cocked the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional”.

In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Alec Baldwin stands in costume and speaks with investigators following a fatal shooting last year on a movie set in Santa Fe, N.M. Data files released on Monday, April 25, 2022, included videos of investigators debriefing Baldwin on the day of the shooting inside a compact office. (Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Credit: ER/AP
Halyna Hutchins died after being shot on the set of Rust. Credit: Instagram

With the hammer de-cocked on a loaded chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer “without a pull of the trigger when the hammer was struck directly”.

According to the report, this is normal for the type of revolver used in the incident, a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver.

An attorney for the actor told CNN on Sunday the FBI report “is being misconstrued”.

“The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places,” attorney Luke Nikas said in an email to CNN.

“The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test, even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.

“The critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident.

“This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe.”

Police attending the scene last year. Credit: AP

In an interview in December last year, Baldwin maintained he didn’t pull the trigger.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled,” he said.

“I didn’t pull the trigger.”

“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation, is reported to have received the report and other FBI documents earlier this month.

Detectives are also reportedly awaiting phone records from Baldwin as part of their investigation.

‘Rust’ movie to be completed

A producer of the movie Rust, whose set was the scene of the fatal accidental shooting, says the movie will be completed, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

“We’re confident we’ll be able to complete the movie,” Anjul Nigam, one of the producers, was quoted as saying by Hollywood Reporter.

A representative of Nigam did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last month, the state of New Mexico fined Rust Movie Productions the maximum amount possible, $US137,000 ($A198,880), for what it called “wilful” safety lapses leading to Hutchins’ death.

The company said it disagreed with the findings.

Baldwin, also a producer on the film, has been named in several lawsuits filed in connection with Hutchins’ death, including one by her husband.

The actor also has argued in court papers that an indemnification clause in his contract shields him from personal liability.

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