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By Andrew Hay
(Reuters) – The prop provider for “Rust” mentioned the film’s armorer advised him that earlier than the manufacturing she purchased the identical sort of ammunition because the reside spherical that killed the cinematographer throughout filming in 2021, in response to sheriff’s workplace data.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is the one individual nonetheless dealing with fees within the deadly taking pictures of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after prosecutors in April dismissed a cost towards actor Alec Baldwin primarily based on new proof.
Investigators haven’t been in a position to set up the supply of the reside spherical that killed Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021.
In textual content messages launched by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Workplace (SFCSO) in response to a Reuters public data request, Seth Kenney, proprietor of prop provider PDQ Arm & Prop, advised SFCSO Detective Alexandria Hancock that Gutierrez-Reed advised him in a phone dialog after Aug. 3, 2021, that she had purchased reside .45 lengthy Colt ammunition to shoot in her personal gun.
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles advised Reuters that no such dialog happened, that she had by no means purchased nor had entry to reside lengthy Colt .45 ammunition and that her father saved her lengthy Colt .45 revolver at a location Gutierrez-Reed didn’t have entry to.
Gutierrez-Reed has advised police she loaded the reside spherical into Baldwin’s revolver, mistaking it for a dummy spherical. She mentioned she didn’t know the way reside rounds bought onto the set.
Kenney didn’t reply to a request for remark. Gutierrez-Reed sued Kenney in 2022, alleging he provided reside rounds to “Rust” and misrepresented them as dummy rounds. Kenney has denied supplying reside rounds and has not been charged.
SFCSO declined to remark. Particular prosecutors on the case didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Hutchins was killed when a revolver chambered in .45 lengthy Colt that Baldwin was rehearsing with fired a reside spherical that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on a set exterior Santa Fe.
(Reporting By Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Enhancing by Gerry Doyle)