FBI investigation confirms Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger in Rust set shooting

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  • The FBI has concluded that the firearm that killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust could not have fired without the trigger being pulled.
  • This conclusion does not align with Alec Baldwin's previous statements regarding the tragedy.
  • Detectives have been waiting for the FBI analysis before forwarding the case to prosecutors for consideration of potential charges.


The FBI has concluded that the firearm that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust could not have fired without the trigger being pulled.

Hutchins, 42, was killed during filming in October when the revolver Alec Baldwin was holding fired a live round that struck her in the chest and lodged in the shoulder of director Joel Souza. Souza survived the gunshot wound.

The forensic report obtained by ABC News states that accidental discharge testing determined that the firearm used in the shooting "could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger". This conclusion does not align with Baldwin's previous statements regarding the tragedy. 

In his first major interview following the tragedy, the US actor said he did not pull the trigger of the gun he was holding and added that he has "no idea" how a live round had gotten onto the set of the low-budget film in New Mexico.

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The FBI completed its ballistics analysis of evidence in the fatal shooting on Thursday, Variety reports. Detectives have been waiting for the FBI analysis before forwarding the case to prosecutors for consideration of potential charges.

In April, Channel24 reported that a New Mexico county sheriff released a video of Baldwin rehearsing with an old-west style revolver on the film's set before the gun went off in his hand, killing Hutchins.

Baldwin has been named in several lawsuits concerning Hutchins' death, including one by her husband, Matthew.

The 64-year-old actor has argued in court papers that an indemnification clause in his contract shields him from personal liability.


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