Fatal shooting of cinematographer by Alec Baldwin ruled as an accident

According to the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator, actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot a cinematographer to death on a scene last year.

The Santé Fe County Sheriff’s Office made the medical investigator’s report, which was finished after an autopsy and a review of police records, available to the public on Monday, August 15.

As they examine the most recent findings, including those from the FBI on the revolver and ammo that were gathered after the shooting, prosecutors have not yet decided whether any charges should be brought in the case.

Additionally, they are awaiting cellphone data from Baldwin’s defense counsel.

The medical investigator’s ruling led Baldwin’s lawyers to argue their client should not face charges connected to the “tragic accident” that killed Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021, and injured the film’s director, Joel Souza.

“This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement.

The state’s medical investigator’s office explained the shooting was accidental because there was an “absence of obvious intent to cause harm or death” and there was “no compelling demonstration” the weapon was intentionally loaded with live rounds on set.

Baldwin told ABC News in December he pointed the gun at Hutchins after she instructed him to on the set of the Western film Baldwin was also producing. He said the gun fired after he cocked it, but denied pulling the trigger.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled,” he said. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

But an FBI analysis of the revolver Baldwin held suggested the gun worked and would not have gone off unless it was fully cocked and the trigger was pulled.

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