Alec Baldwin, the filming of the film “Rust”, deadly, was deemed accidental

The shooting death of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” last year was an accident, the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigators have determined.

The investigating doctor’s report, which was completed following an autopsy and a review of police reports, was released Monday by the Health Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors are yet to determine whether charges should be brought in the case as they review the latest reports, including from the FBI on the gun and ammunition that were recovered after the shooting.

They are also awaiting cellphone data from Baldwin’s legal team.

The medical investigator’s decision has led Baldwin’s attorneys to argue that their client should not face charges related to the “tragic accident” that killed Halyna Hutchins on October 21. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was injured in the shooting.

Halyna Hutchins’ death was ruled an accident since Baldwin had no intention of causing harm.
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“This is the third time New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on set, that he was told by the person in charge of security on set plateau that the weapon was ‘cold’, ‘and believed the weapon was safe,” attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement.

The state’s Office of the Medical Investigator said the shooting was accidental because there was a ‘clear lack of intent to injure or kill’ and there was ‘no convincing evidence’ that the weapon was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on set.

Baldwin told ABC News in December that he pointed the gun at Hutchins after she asked him to do so on the set of the Western movie Baldwin was also producing. He said the gun fired after cocking him, but denied pulling the trigger.

"Rust" Position.
Alec Baldwin blamed producers’ “negligence and lack of professionalism” for his death.
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“The trigger was not pulled,” he said. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

But an FBI analysis of the revolver held by Baldwin suggested the gun worked and would not have exploded unless it was fully cocked and the trigger was pulled.

Nikas, Baldwin’s lawyer, told Fox News “The FBI report is misinterpreted.”

“The gun only fired once in testing – without having to pull the trigger – when the hammer was pulled and the gun broke in two different places,” he said. . “The FBI was unable to fire the gun in a pre-test, even by pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

Meanwhile, a rep for “Rust” gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed told Fox News, “The recently released FBI report shows the gun was in good working order and Baldwin must have pulled the trigger to fire the revolver, directly contradicting his earlier statements and those of Deputy Director Halls, through his attorney, who also said Baldwin did not pull the trigger.

"Rust" set after shooting.
An aerial view of the ‘Rust’ movie set where the fatal set shoot took place.
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Baldwin has also said in the past that the weapon should not have been loaded during a rehearsal.

The ammunition seized at the shooting site were live ammunition found in a cart and in the case of the building where the shooting took place. Blank and dummy cartridges were also found.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety had a long list of on-set safety issues, including testimony that production managers took little or no action to correct two misfires on set before the fatal shootout.

With post wires