Medical investigator rules Baldwin set shooting an accident

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin last year was an accident, according to a determination made by the New Mexico medical examiner’s office after an autopsy and legal review were completed. . Implementation reports

The medical examiner’s report was made public Monday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office along with several FBI reports about the revolver and ammunition collected after the shooting.

Prosecutors have not yet decided whether any charges will be filed in the case, saying they will review the latest reports and are awaiting cell phone data from Baldwin’s attorney.

Baldwin was pointing the gun at cinematographer Helena Hutchins when it went off on October 21, killing Hutchins and injuring the director, Joel Souza. They were inside a small church during setup to film a scene.

While it’s too early to say how much weight the medical examiner’s report will carry with the district attorney’s office, Baldwin’s legal team suggested it was more evidence that the shooting was “a tragic accident” and that he should not face criminal charges. should

“This is the third time 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 security on the set that the gun was cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement.

Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he was pointing the gun at Hutchins’ direction on the set of the western movie “Rust” when she walked away after she fired it. He said he didn’t pull the trigger.

An FBI analysis of the revolver that was in Baldwin’s hand during the rehearsal suggested that it was in working order at the time and that it discharged until it was fully cocked and the trigger was pulled. will not happen

With the hammer in the fully cocked position, the FBI report said the gun could not be fired without pulling the trigger while the working internals were intact and functional.

During an FBI examination of the gun, officials said, parts of the gun’s trigger sear and cylinder stop broke off when the hammer was cocked. This allowed the hammer to drop and the firing pin to detonate the primer.

“This was the only successful discharge during this testing and was attributed to fracture of internal components, not failure of the weapon or safety system,” the report said.

It was unclear from the FBI report how many times the revolver’s hammer was struck during the investigation.

Baldwin, who also produced the film “Rust,” has previously said the gun should not have been loaded for rehearsals.

Ammunition seized from the film location included live rounds in a cart and holster that was in the building where the shooting took place. Empty and fake cartridges were also found.

New Mexico’s Bureau of Occupational Health and Safety detailed safety failures in violation of standard industry protocol in a scathing report released in April, including testimony that production managers called two accidents on set before the fatal shooting. Limited or no action taken to resolve.

The bureau also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded and said firearms experts were not allowed to make decisions about additional safety training.

In reaching its conclusion that the shooting was an accident, the New Mexico medical examiner’s office pointed to the “absence of an apparent intent to cause harm or death” and said there was “no compelling evidence.” that the revolver was intentionally loaded with live ammunition. On the set.

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Associated Press writer Walter Berry in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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