‘Rust’ set had two ‘negligent discharges’ before fatal shooting, new police report reveals

‘Rust’ set had two ‘negligent discharges’ before fatal shooting, new police report reveals

‘Rust’ set had two ‘negligent discharges’ before fatal shooting, new police report reveals

The gunsmith and crew of the ill-fated ‘Rust’ set had trouble with ‘careless dumping’ of gun accessories in the week before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was gunned down by Alec Baldwin, according to a recently released police report.

The final report, obtained before the deadline Friday sheds light on how the New Mexico film set was already in chaos before the deadly tragedy unfolded on October 21, 2021.

Reese Price, a key handle on set who witnessed the Hutchins shooting on the outskirts of Santa Fe, detailed previous issues on set to cops immediately afterwards.

He told police that an “accidental discharge” involving gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and others had happened “twice in the past week in one day,” according to the report.

“One of the accidental discharges occurred by a ‘girl armourer’ who was playing with a gun. The ‘girl armourer’ had the gun pointed downwards, when it accidentally exploded,” the report said.

“The second time one of the stunt guys went to cock the gun and it accidentally exploded in a cabin. Reese expressed concern about accidental discharges happening on that particular set, which is not supposed to happen.

The Santa Fe police report sheds light on how the “Rust” film set was already in chaos before Alec Baldwin accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on October 21, 2021.
Santa Fe County Sheriff
Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed
Crew members told police gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had issues with “careless discharges” of gun accessories in the week before the fatal shooting.
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In a separate interview regarding the same incident, one of the film’s doll handlers, Ross Addigo, told police that Gutierrez-Reed allegedly had one of six guns ready when he fired at his foot.

Minutes later, he said a gun had discharged into a cabin, but it hadn’t been announced, the report details.

Addigo also claimed that six cameramen left the set on the same day and that the head of the camera department wrote a letter to the production company about the alleged series of incidents.

Meanwhile, John Ziello, the set’s lead rigger, claimed ‘protocols weren’t followed throughout the film’ when asked if there were any prior issues throughout filming. , according to the report.

Ziello also alleged that the production was “cutting every corner they could”.

Halyna Hutchins
Halyna Hutchins, 42, died after being hit by a bullet on set in October last year.

The 540-page police report confirms previous speculation that firearms accidentally exploded on set before Hutchins died.

The release of the new report comes just weeks after the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department submitted its investigative findings to prosecutors – including evidence gathered, investigative interviews and forensic analysis of physical evidence by the FBI.

While the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s Office determined the shooting was an accident, prosecutors are reviewing the findings to weigh criminal charges against those involved, including Baldwin.

The sheriff’s office had already released a treasure trove of files related to the fatal shooting, including body camera footage of the fatally injured Hutchins, witness interviews, email and text threads, ammo inventories and hundreds of photographs.

Sheriff Adan Mendoza previously described “a degree of negligence” on set, but said the decision on possible criminal charges would be left to prosecutors.

The pistol
Baldwin had been rehearsing with the gun when the gun discharged.
Santa Fe County Sheriff

Baldwin had been rehearsing a draw on the Western film set when the gun discharged, fatally striking Hutchins, 42, and injuring director Joel Souza, 49.

The Hollywood star filed a lawsuit last week against those on set involved in handling and supplying the loaded gun.

Baldwin’s lawsuit alleges negligence by Guttierez-Reed; props man Sarah Zachry; first assistant director and security coordinator David Halls, who gave the gun to Baldwin; ammunition supplier Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm & Prop, who also supplied support weapons for production.

They have all previously denied responsibility for the fatal shooting.

Guttierez-Reed, the gunsmith, has filed his own lawsuit against the prop supplier, alleging he made “false statements” and caused “the introduction of live bullets onto the set of the New -Mexico”.

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