Details Chaos On Indie Western Set. Over two weeks after the final police report on the fatal shooting of Rust DP Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin last October was handed over to the local D.A., the document has been made public.
Amidst a dense listing of events and inventory from local police, the FBI, and others, the 540-page report reveals a set in chaos even before the shooting of DP Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021.
Ross Addiego, a dolly grip who was present when the tragic incident took place and heard armorer Hannah Gutierrez saying that the prop gun was clear, details that there were issues with her in the previous week. That Gutierrez Reed and her crew had issues that involved “negligent discharges” per Ross. Gutierrez was preparing one of six guns and one of the revolvers went off toward her foot. A few minutes later at the cabin set, a discharged gun went off that wasn’t announced, which would have been the AD Dave Halls’ responsibility to announce.
Ross also mentioned six cameramen walked off set on the day of the incident, and that the head of the Camera Department Lane Luper wrote a letter to production about the mishaps.
Upon arriving to set to assess the situation on that October day, investigator T. Benavidez located Gutierrez Reed with “a handgun in her left hand with the muzzle pointing down. I observed Hanna to be emotional and at this time, I took custody of the handgun.” The investigator details that the armorer was “very emotional and getting more agitated because of the incident”. She was placed in the rear of a police car, “with the side rear door open and the vehicle locked.”
The investigator asked the armorer if there were other weapons and she pointed to an area where he located two other handguns, ammunition, spend, and intact rounds. There were two white boxes labeled colt .45 rounds. “Hanna pointed out one box which was half filled with ammunition and said ‘those are the rounds used today.’” The investigator took all of this into custody.
Details Chaos On Indie Western Set
Investigator J. Cano reports that the Oscar-nominated actor Baldwin was asked to give a statement. “I’ll do whatever you tell me to do,” Baldwin told him and was directed to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
Cano, in his interview with Sarah Zachry, the production’s prop masters said: “she personally believed Hannah might have messed up when she was checking the ‘dummy rounds’.” Zachry explained to the cops that the armorer is supposed to rattle one dummy round at a time. However, if you rattle two, “you won’t know which one is rattling.” Dummy rounds are noticeable since they have beads in them. “Sarah thinks Hannah might have had two ‘dummy rounds’ in one hand and the rattling was coming from only one ‘dummy round’” reads Cano’s interview.
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The New Mexico District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies hasn’t charged anyone in the Rust tragedy. The D.A.’s office had no comment at this time in response to the report.
“As with all cases that the District Attorney handles, her focus will be on upholding the integrity of the process, enforcing the laws of the state of New Mexico, and pursuing justice,” said a rep for the D.A. at the time when their office received the police report 23 days ago.
An Aug. 30 letter from Carmack-Altwies to the New Mexico State Finance Board indicated that the DA had an intent of making Baldwin “one of the possible defendants” in the Rust tragedy. The DA was seeking $635K from the state to prosecute as many as four individuals, however, she only received $317,750
Meanwhile, the Hutchins’ estate settled with Rust producers and Baldwin a pending civil suit with an agreement made that Rust would get finished as a film. Reports indicated in late October that Rust would not return to New Mexico to finish production, but was eyeing a location shoot here in California.
Baldwin filed a civil suit against Gutierrez Reed, Halls, property master Sarah Zachry, and weapons and rounds supplier Seth Kenney on Nov. 11.
“This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun, Gutierrez-Reed failed to check the bullets or the gun carefully, Halls failed to check the gun carefully and yet announced the gun was safe before handing it to Baldwin, and Zachry failed to disclose that Gutierrez-Reed had been acting recklessly offset and was a safety risk to those around her,” read the cross-complaint from Baldwin’s Quinn Emanuel attorney Luke Nikas.
“Baldwin has also lost numerous job opportunities and associated income,” the complaint continued. “For example, he’s been fired from multiple jobs expressly because of the incident on Rust and has been passed over for other opportunities, which is a direct result of the negligence of Cross-Defendants Gutierrez-Reed, Halls, Kenney, PDQ, and Zachry.”
Baldwin was originally expected to star in the indie spy action pic Chief of Station, however, stepped out with Aaron Eckhart taking over his lead role.
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