The FBI concluded that Alec Baldwin must have shot normally on the set of “Rust” — which took Halyna Hutchins‘ life… this according to a new report.
ABC News released a bombshell story on Friday, claiming to have obtained a copy of the Bureau’s recently completed forensic analysis report … which examined all facets of the fatal accident in a larger investigation to see if criminal charges were warranted.
According to the ABC, citing part of the FBI report, federal authorities found that the revolver in question – a .45 caliber Colt single-action F.lli Pietta – could not have been fired without someone pressing. pull the trigger…a determination they made after performing accidental discharge tests.
It’s unclear if they did these tests with the exact same gun that Alec used, or another but identical one – but what the FBI notes in their reports is…this gun, when working properly, will not release a bullet and a primer simultaneously by just playing with the hammer alone.
That’s what Alec said he was doing when the shooting happened. You will remember… during an interview with ABC, he claimed that all he did was pull the hammer out and put it down for the camera while Halyna coached him on the positioning. When they were done, he dropped the hammer… and said he fired. without pulling the trigger. The rest, of course, it’s history.
Well, that makes no sense to FBI officials. Their report, per ABC, notes that they placed the hammer at different angles and positions to see if they could get it to fire without pulling the trigger…but they say they couldn’t. The only thing the hammer COULD do when decocked and then directly struck on its own (without pulling the trigger) was to detonate the primer.
This essentially means he could trigger the sound of the gunshot himself, without discharging a bullet, according to the FBI – but that’s obviously not what happened in AB’s case.
Now, that conclusion doesn’t necessarily mean that Alec is still in hot water – again, we don’t know if the tests they performed here were with his weapon or some other… he’s totally at makes it possible that the gun he used that day did, in fact, malfunction and that he is telling the truth.
Those findings were sent to New Mexico law enforcement officials, who have been investigating since October. According to an official statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, one of the things they are still waiting for is Alec’s phone records.
He had said a few months ago that he was cooperating and passing these files to local law enforcement in New York (so they could then send them to NM) – but it seems someone is dragging their feet. Once that’s done, the DA can have a review once and for all…with their own findings, the FBI’s findings, plus any accompanying documentation.