Prosecutor’s unexpected admission in Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting

Feb 21, 2022
Hollywood actor, Alec Baldwin is now facing a wrongful death lawsuit, Source: Instagram

Alec Baldwin may have allegedly fired the shot that killed Rust cinematographer Haylyna Hutching without actually pulling the gun’s trigger, US prosecutor said. 

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair she had watched the actor’s bombshell tell-all interview with ABC last December and was curious about Balwin’s claim that he did not pull the trigger. 

“You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it,” Ms Carmack-Altwies said. “So you pull it back partway, it doesn’t lock, and then if you let it go, the firing pin can hit the primer of the bullet.”


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In his first on-screen interview since the fatal shooting, Baldwin insisted that he never pulled the trigger. 

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” the 63-year-old star said.

Camack-Altwies had launched her own, unofficial, investigation to test Baldwin’s claim- that he had only pulled back the hammer of the gun before it went off. 

“I didn’t know too much about guns, certainly not about 1850s-era revolvers. So when I first heard that, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s crazy,’” she told Vanity Fair.

The DA requested that one of her investigations bring his old-style revolver to her office to see if a possible mechanical malfunction could have caused the run to go off. 

Camack-Altwies’s tests revealed that the hammer could have caused the live round to fire, however official FBI results on the analysis of the weapon are still pending.

On Tuesday, February 15, lawyers of Hutchins’ estate announced that the family had filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Hollywood actor, and others involved in the production of Rust, alleging their reckless actions led to her death. 

In a statement to CNN, Aaron Dyer, attorney for Baldwin, said they are “still continuing to cooperate with the authorities to determine how live ammunition arrived on the Rust set in the first place. Any claim that Alec was reckless is entirely false.” 

The Hollywood actor himself has not made an official comment on the lawsuit. 

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