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What Forensics Reveals About Revolver In ‘Rest’ Shooting On Set

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According to an FBI forensic report obtained Friday by UKTN News, the gun used in the deadly shooting on the “Rest” movie set could not have been fired without pulling the trigger.

Actor Alec Baldwin shot cameraman Halyna Hutchins last year on the set of the western he produced and starred in. The actor believed he was wielding a “cold pistol” — one with no live ammunition — when it went off and a sharp bullet hit Hutchins, killing her. The director of the film, Joel Souza, was also injured in the shooting.

Accidental discharge tests showed that the firearm used in the shooting – a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver – could not have fired without the trigger being pulled, according to the report. FBI report.

With the hammer in the quarter and half-cock positions, the pistol “couldn’t be made to fire without pulling the trigger,” the report said.

With the hammer fully cocked, the gun “could not be made to fire without pulling the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional,” the report said.

The Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, on October 23, 2021.

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With the hammer uncocked on a charged chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer “without pulling the trigger when the hammer was struck directly,” which is normal for this type of revolver, the report said. report.

In an interview with UKTN’s George Stephanopoulos in December, Baldwin said he didn’t pull the trigger.

“The trigger hasn’t been pulled,” he said. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

UKTN News contacted representatives for Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who were in charge of all the weapons on the “Rest” set, but received no response so far.

PHOTO: Actor Alec Baldwin attends the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York on May 21, 2019.

Actor Alec Baldwin attends the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York on May 21, 2019.

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The forensic report is part of a criminal investigation into the shooting on the set. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the murder investigation, received the report and other FBI documents related to the shooting earlier this month, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

The documents have been reviewed by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, which has classified Hutchins’ death as an accident, according to a postmortem report from UKTN News.

“Death was caused by a gunshot wound to the chest. Available reports from law enforcement showed no convincing evidence that the firearm was intentionally loaded with live ammunition on the set,” the report said. “Based on all available information, including the lack of clear intent to cause harm or death, the manner of death is best classified as an accident.”

The local prosecutor has not yet made a decision on the charges in the case. Detectives are waiting for phone records from Baldwin as part of their investigation, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

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