Sheriff Responds After Alec Baldwin Claims He ‘Didn’t Pull The Trigger’ In Fatal Rust Shooting

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza has responded to Alec Baldwin’s claim he ‘didn’t pull the trigger’ on the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. 

Hutchins was shot on the set for the western film and later died. RustBaldwin prepares for a scene with an unarmed gun.

The weapon was reportedly handed to Baldwin by the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, who did not know it contained live ammunition. Joel Souza, the film’s assistant director, was also hurt when the gun went off.

Halyna Hutchins grave (Alamy)Alamy

This week, Baldwin conducted his first sit-down interview since the incident with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. In a clip shared ahead of its release this evening, December 2, Baldwin stressed he would ‘never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never’.

Mendoza replied to the clip with these words: Fox News DigitalGuns ‘don’t just go off’. He continued, ‘So whatever needs to happen to manipulate the firearm, he did that and it was in his hands.’

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department has explained it is currently awaiting results from the FBI that would shed light on how the gun fired, whether it involved just pulling back the hammer, which hits the firing pin, just pulling the trigger, or both.

Bryan W. Carpenter, weapons armorer, told the story on Wednesday, December 1. Fox News DigitalA revolver like the one used in this incident can be fired. Rustincident would not be possible if you didn’t pull the trigger. ‘rare’.

You need to hold your thumb onto the hammer to ignite it. Once the hammer has been fully cocked back, pull the trigger to turn the gun on.

So that’s very important because that gun had to have two step process to fire. To fire, the trigger must be pulled.

Alec Baldwin (Alamy)Alamy

Though firing the gun involves a two-step process, Carpenter noted that it ‘doesn’t take a lot to set that trigger off’ once the hammer has been cocked back on one of the ‘Old West guns’, adding, ‘They’re very light triggers.’

Stephanopoulos was asked how a live bullet made it onto the floor. RustBaldwin replied to the question, “I had been set in the first.” ‘no idea’. The actor said, ‘Someone put a live bullet into a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.’

Baldwin’s interview is set to air at 8pm ET on ABC.

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