A new report from two firearms experts shows that actor and director Alec Baldwin did pull the trigger in the fatal shooting death of Halyna Hutchins, despite his claims to the contrary — leading to speculation that Baldwin may face charges in the future.
Criminal charges against Baldwin were initially dropped, but the State of New Mexico hired experts Lucien Haag and Mike Haag in its case against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed — the armorer hired for the set of the movie “Rust,” where Baldwin infamously shot and killed Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin was not handed a prop gun he was handed a real gun with a live round, he didn't check
The gun did not misfire, it fired and was a negligent discharge
Baldwin did not intend to harm anyone, but as a producer and the person wielding the weapon it is 100% his fault
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 25, 2021
The experts have concluded that the trigger of the Colt .45 revolver must have been pulled “sufficiently” enough to cause the accident” — despite Baldwin’s insistence that he never pulled the trigger and that the gun must have malfunctioned.
Baldwin has maintained that he never pulled the trigger, though the gun was in his hand when Hutchins was shot and killed. He was charged by the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in January 2023, but the charges were dismissed without prejudice in April.
The firearms report, which was obtained by People Magazine, states: “Although Alec Baldwin repeatedly denies pulling the trigger, given the tests, findings and observations reported here, the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver. This fatal incident was the consequence of the hammer being manually retracted to its fully rearward and cocked position followed, at some point, by the pull or rearward depression of the trigger.”
The report went on to note that “the full-cock step on the hammer had been severely damaged, the top of the trigger’s sear was broken off, and the bolt (cylinder stop) was also broken” due to the incident. However, there was no indication of “any modification to the gun.”
In June, prosecutors warned that Baldwin could still be charged for Hutchins’ death in the future — writing: “The gun and broken sear have been sent to the state’s independent expert for further testing. The charges against Alec Baldwin were dismissed without prejudice because a possible malfunction of the gun significantly affects causation with regard to Baldwin, not with regard to Gutierrez. If it is determined that the gun did not malfunction, charges against Mr. Baldwin will proceed.”
Baldwin has maintained his innocence since the ordeal, repeatedly claiming that the firearm had malfunctioned.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled,” he said during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in December 2021. “I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them, never.”