Sheriff's Office Releases Evidence in Fatal "Rust" Shooting
According to The Wall Street Journal, "The files from the Sheriff’s Office include hours of witness interviews, video of the shooting’s aftermath on set and texts and email messages among crew members, providing an unusual look into the continuing criminal probe."
"During the Oct. 21 incident, actor Alec Baldwin discharged a live round from a revolver, killing Halyna Hutchins, the film’s 42-year-old cinematographer, and wounding director Joel Souza," write Katherine Sayre and Dan Frosch for The Wall Street Journal.
Several key pieces of information emerged from Monday’s release including: the armorer had asked about using live rounds on a previous film (which unsettled the sheriff), Baldwin was unaware of the earlier problems on set and had been questioned about his handling of the gun, and who else had possession of the gun on set is still disputed.
‘Rust’ Shooting Probe: Top Takeaways From Hours of Video, Texts and Photos (Katherine Sayre & Dan Frosch - The Wall Street Journal)
The release of documents comes several days after a New Mexico agency delivered a stinging rebuke of the managers behind the “Rust” production, levying its maximum fine of $136,793 for safety violations that led to the death of Hutchins and the wounding of director Joel Souza, reports the Los Angeles Times.
According to Sheriff Adan Mendoza, “various components of the investigation remain outstanding including FBI firearm and ballistic forensics along with DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, Office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner findings report and the analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin’s phone data extracted by Suffolk County sheriff’s investigators.”
‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry I’m sorry.’ Documents reveal new details about ‘Rust’ shooting (Julia Wick & Wendy Lee - Los Angeles Times)
*This link includes footage of Baldwin rehearsing scene inside church.
Body cam footage of the aftermath of the shooting was also released on Monday, which shows "Alec Baldwin’s gruff attitude during his first interaction with police after he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins," reports the New York Post.
Dramatic bodycam footage shows gruff Alec Baldwin talking to cops after fatal ‘Rust’ shooting (Gabrielle Fonrouge & Evan Simko-Bednarski - New York Post)
*This link includes images of Baldwin immediately after shooting.