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Investigation Into Rust Shooting Has Concluded, Findings Differ From Alec Baldwin’s Account Of The Situation

It was last fall that the entertainment industry was shaken by the tragic events that occurred on the set of western film Rust. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a live round that was fired from a prop gun. Lead actor Alec Baldwin was holding the gun that fired the round, also injuring director Joel Souza in the process. The FBI soon launched an investigation and, in the midst of that, Baldwin denied pulling the trigger. Now, the investigation is complete, and the forensic findings clash with Baldwin’s account. 

The FBI recently released a forensics report, which found that the gun used on the set couldn’t have been fired unless the person handling it pulled the trigger. The report, which was obtained by ABC News, explained that this conclusion was derived from accidental discharge testing using the exact type of gun used on the set. The .45 Colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver reportedly “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger” if the hammer was placed in quarter-and half-cock positions. The firearm also “could not be made to fire” without pulling the trigger if the hammer were fully cocked. 


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