Actor Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting of a cameraman last year was an accident, according to a finding by New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator after completing an autopsy and a review of law enforcement reports.
The medical investigator’s report was released Monday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office along with numerous reports from the FBI about the revolver and ammunition collected after the shooting.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether charges will be filed in the case and said they were reviewing the latest reports and waiting for cellphone data from Baldwin’s attorneys.
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Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins as she went off on October 21, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. They had been in a small church during the preparations for filming.
While it’s too early to tell how much weight the medical investigator’s report will have with prosecutors, Baldwin’s legal team suggested it was further evidence that the shooting was “a tragic accident” and that he should not be prosecuted.
“This is the third time that New Mexico authorities have determined that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on set to be told by the person responsible for on-set security that the gun was ‘cold ‘ was, ‘ and believed the gun was safe,” attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement.
Baldwin said in a December interview with ABC News that he pointed the gun at Hutchins on her instruction on the set of the western film Rust when it went off after he cocked it. He said he didn’t pull the trigger.
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FBI analysis of the revolver Baldwin was holding during rehearsal indicated that it was operational at the time and would not have discharged unless it was fully cocked and the trigger pulled.
With the hammer in the full hammer position, the FBI report, the gun could not be induced to fire without pulling the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional.
During the FBI’s testing of the gun, authorities said parts of the gun’s trigger trigger and cylinder stop broke while the hammer was being struck. This allowed the hammer to fall and the firing pin to ignite the primer.
“This was the only successful discharge during these tests and was attributed to the breakage of internal components, not failure of the firearm or safety mechanisms,” the report said.
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The FBI report does not state how many times the revolver’s hammer was hit during the test.
Baldwin, who also produced the film Rust, previously said the gun shouldn’t have been loaded for the rehearsal.
Among the ammunition seized at the filming location were live cartridges found on a cart and in the holster that was in the building where the shooting took place. Blank cartridges and dummy cartridges were also found.
The New Mexico Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health detailed safety deficiencies that violate standard industry protocols in a scathing report in April, including saying production executives took limited or no action to fix two on-set misfires before the deadly ones fix shots.
The bureau also documented gun safety complaints from crew members that went unheeded, and said gun specialists are not allowed to make decisions about additional safety training.
In concluding that the shooting was an accident, the New Mexico Medical Investigations Bureau noted “the absence of any apparent intent to cause harm or death” and stated that there was “no convincing evidence.” that the revolver was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set.
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