Sheriff's Office Receives Forensic Report From FBI

Sheriff’s Office Receives Forensic Report From FBI

On a New Mexico film set, actor Alec Baldwin’s pretend gun accidentally went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. That incident happened about ten months ago. The FBI has now turned the case over to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office after concluding its forensics investigation.

The FBI’s finished forensic reports on the incident, which took place on the “Rust” movie set close to Santa Fe on October 21, 2021, were delivered to sheriff’s investigators on August 2nd.According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, those FBI reports were promptly sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI), which had informed the sheriff’s office so they, too, could wrap up their investigation.

The official OMI reports were sent to the sheriff’s office on Wednesday. Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, where Baldwin resides, are working to collect, process, and make public Baldwin’s phone records as part of the investigation, the sheriff’s office stated. These records will soon be released.

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza stated in a statement that “the district attorney’s office has been working with Suffolk County PD, and Baldwin’s counsel, to collect the phone data.” “Our investigators will then need to properly evaluate those phone data for evidentiary purposes after Suffolk County PD completes its agency assist and transmits those records to New Mexico law enforcement.”

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwie stated in a statement earlier this month that she was awaiting the results of the sheriff’s office investigation and that once she had them, her agency would “start the screening process and any required follow-up investigation.”

“Up to this point, my office has received parts of the Rust investigation from SFSO but is still awaiting the balance of supplemental reports,” said Carmack-Altwie. “These reports include, but are not limited to, the following: FBI firearm and tool mark analyses, forensic testing on the firearm itself, the forensic download from Suffolk County PD of Mr. Baldwin’s phone, and the pathology report from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.”

Carmack-Altwie stated that her staff and she will decide whether to charge after receiving all relevant reports. On the afternoon of October 21, 2021, Baldwin shot one live round from a Pietta Colt.45 revolver, killing Hutchins, 42, and critically injuring Souza, 48.

According to a prior search warrant requested by sheriff’s investigators, the 63-year-old Baldwin was inside a church building, seated on a wooden pew, practising drawing his pretend gun and aiming it at the camera when he shot it. Souza and Hutchins both sustained injuries to their shoulders.

The occurrence was described by Baldwin as a “tragic accident.” Baldwin admitted to ABC News in a tearful interview in December 2021 that he was unaware that the rifle had a live ammunition. He claimed that it took him hours after the shooting to understand that it had murdered Hutchins and hurt director Souza.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office’s bodycam film, which was made public in April, shows Baldwin holding the gun prior to the event and Hutchins and Souza lying on the ground after being shot. Baldwin is heard telling two policemen on the footage that he did not pull the trigger. He is heard telling the authorities that he didn’t know who had loaded the firearm with a live round.