The Santa Fe County Sheriff has released files from its investigation into the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust, including a video of Alec Baldwin being interviewed after accidentally killing the cinematographer.
Baldwin was filming a scene in a church set when he drew the gun and accidentally shot Hutchins, a mother and experienced cinematographer.
He has since cooperated with police as part of the investigation into his death.
In the new images, he is shown with his hands outstretched, standing solemnly. It was minutes after the shooting but before he knew Halyna had died in the hospital as a result of the injuries he accidentally caused.
He is not thought to have known at the time of the interview that Hutchins had died.
Alec Baldwin is shown being interviewed by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputies on October 21, 2021 after accidentally shooting Halyna Hutchins
Baldwin was filming a scene in a church set when he drew the gun and accidentally shot Hutchins, a mother and experienced cinematographer. He has since cooperated with police as part of the investigation into her death
Baldwin was somewhat calm but confused throughout the interview, telling the two female sheriff deputies that he’d ‘never heard of anything like this’. At one stage, he drew a diagram of where he had been standing in relation to where Halyna was
In these two photos, Alec Baldwin is shown on the set of the movie holding his hands out after the accident
Alec Baldwin’s hands were photographed at the scene before he was questioned
A garment, thought to have been Halyna Hutchins hat, was left at the scene of the shooting
In a video of his interview, he said he thought the gun was ‘cold’ when he was handed it by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the movie.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died in the hospital as a result of her injuries
Baldwin, at the start of the video, asks if he is being charged with anything. He then lets out a huge sigh and says: ‘We’ve done this for two weeks and we’ve done it the right way every day.’
He goes on to insist that the gun they had been using before was ‘cold’.
‘Right before you shoot. I went to lunch.
‘She disarmed me – Hannah – she always handled the gun. I come back, they hand me the revolver – Hannah – they arm me. You’re assuming it’s a cold gun. I put the gag in the shot.
‘I take the gun out, as it clears – I turn and cock the gun and the gun goes off. It’s supposed to be a cold gun.
‘Bang, she hits the ground. [Joel Souza] goes down, screaming going “Jesus Christ!
‘I have never seen this before… What came out of that bullet that went through her shoulder?…. She was right in front of me.’
The bullet went through Souza’s arm first and then struck Hutchins. He recovered with an injury, but Hutchins died in the hospital.
He went on to describe Gutierrez-Reed as ‘the daughter of a famous gun guy’ who gave him the weapon.
Towards the end of the interview, Baldwin is shown a photograph of what was removed from Souza’s shoulder.
Baldwin pictured today in East Hampton. No one has been charged criminally over the shooting
Baldwin is pictured on Monday in East Hampton after collecting lunch
Shocked, he says: ‘That’s a bullet. Somebody put a live bullet in the gun.’
He is then quizzed.
‘Did you see the rounds in the gun?’
‘Have you seen what they look like?’
‘I’ve watched her load and reload the gun many times.’
‘Have you seen the bullets?’
‘Sometimes the head is a casing, it’s pinched and closed at the top and you put the cosmetic round in when you know you’re going to see… those clay based rounds look exactly like a bullet.
‘So cosmetically you see that in the cylinder. I am very upset right now… forgive me.’
Discarded medical materials inside the church after the fatal shooting
Bloody tissues and a script with a dirty foot print on it inside the church
Crime scene photos show bloody gauze at the scene that was used by paramedics before Hutchins was taken away
Scattered, discarded tissues and gauze pads at the scene of the shooting on October 21
Baldwin was asked if there was anyone who might have intentionally placed a live bullet in the gun.
He referenced the fact there were crew strikes at the time and that many of the crew walked off set the previous day.
‘Those people were on strike against the major studios but not the independent film community. A bunch of people on the set walked off anyway even though they were told not to. That was yesterday.
‘I don’t even know – I have no idea,’ he said.
The investigation into the shooting has never been able to prove whether or not the bullet was intentionally loaded into the gun, or if it was all an accident.
Gutierrez-Reed has insisted throughout that she did not place it in the barrel of the gun and that she might have been sabotaged.
Baldwin, at first, had the support of Hutchins’ widower Matt. However he has since sued the actor and told how his parading him in interviews since his wife’s death made him angry.
‘Watching him I just felt so angry to see him talk about her death publicly in such a detailed way and then not accepting any responsibility after he just described killing her…
‘Hearing him blame Halyna in the interview and shift responsibility to others and seeing him cry about it, I just feel like, are we really supposed to feel bad about you Mr. Baldwin?’ he said in an interview in February.