Dramatic police body camera footage shows the moment officers arrive on the set of “Rust” after the actor’s fatal shooting alec baldwin to the director of photography Halyna Hutchins.
Images from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, released Monday, show doctors, officers and people as they treat cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the film director Joel Souza before they are taken out on stretchers and placed in the ambulance.
hutchins42 years old, died during filming last October when the revolver Baldwin was holding fired a live bullet that struck her in the chest and then lodged in Souza’s shoulder.
Souza survived the gunshot wound.
The footage also shows a police officer talking to Baldwin, still in costume for the film, who immediately admits that “I was the one holding the gun.”
Later the actor is heard talking to other members of the production: “She handed me an empty gun…everything was prepared, the headphones, everything…”
The The gun that killed Hutchins was under the control of gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and an assistant director turned it over to Baldwin.stating that it was unloaded.
Earlier, the police made public the images of an initial conversation with Hannah Gutiérrez.
The filming, without accompanying sound, it also showed Baldwin dressed up as a gunslinger from the old west and showing the dynamics of the shootout with what appears to be the gun that went off in his handkilling Halyna.
The office of the ‘sheriff’ of Santa Fe (capital of New Mexico) also made public some images in which Baldwin is seen sitting in a church pewduring the same day of filming that Hutchins died, and immediately takes the gun out of his jacket, points it at the camera and repeats the action a second time.
Nevertheless, The actor has maintained in his testimonies that he never pulled the trigger until the moment of recording the fateful scene.
The material that has now been released by the ‘sheriff’s’ office consists of videos of rehearsals on the recording set, text messages or witness interviews with investigators.
Among them, that of the director of the film, Joel Sousa, who can be seen on video in the emergency room telling an investigator that the armorer of the shooting had said that “the weapon was clean”.
At this point, a text message from the prop master has also been known, Sarah Zacryin which he tells a member of his team that Baldwin’s desire had always been to use real weapons, not liking “fake guns or rubber knives.”
According to the Office of the Prosecutor of the First Judicial District of Santa Fe, the investigation is still open and they are waiting for new reports from the sheriff’s office to review the evidence and make a decision on the criminal charge.
On April 20, the New Mexico Occupational Safety and Health Administration already fined the producer of “Rust” more than $135,000 for failing to observe security measures during filming.