The prop supplier for the 2021 film “Rust” told the sheriff’s office that the movie’s armorer had told her that she had gotten the same type of ammo as the live round that had killed the cinematographer during filming. Investigators have been unable to trace the origin of the live round that killed Hutchins on October 21, 2021.
The only person still facing prosecution concerning the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
Prosecutors dropped charges against actor Alec Baldwin in April after receiving new evidence, leaving only Hannah Gutierrez-Reed under investigation.
Detective Alexandria Hancock of the Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe was informed by PDQ Arm & Prop owner Seth Kenney that after August 3, 2021, Gutierrez-Reed informed him over the phone that she bought live .45 long Colt bullets for shooting her own gun.
Reuters issued a public records request, and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO) complied by releasing the relevant text messages.
Jason Bowles, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, told Reuters that his client denied having such a talk, that she did not own or have access to live long Colt.45 ammunition, and that her long Colt.45 revolver was kept in her father’s safe. She says she had no access to the safe.
Gutierrez-Reed has informed authorities that she thought the round she put into Baldwin’s weapon was blank. She admitted that she did not know how live rounds were incorporated into the show.
Gutierrez-Reed sued Kenney in 2022, alleging that Kenney had given “Rust” real ammunition while declaring it was simulated fire. Kenney has denied any wrongdoing in this matter and has not been arrested.
Baldwin was practicing a scene with a.45 long Colt pistol on set outside of Santa Fe when he accidentally fired a live round, killing Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
Baldwin was the one who staged the revolver practice run.