(Los Angeles) The inquest into the death of a filmmaker who was fatally injured on the set of the western rust of a revolver wielded by actor Alec Baldwin “is coming to an end,” the sheriff overseeing the investigation said Tuesday.
Updated yesterday at 1:31pm.
According to Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, where the Oct. 21 tragedy occurred, it’s now just a matter of “weeks.”
Investigators are particularly awaiting the ballistics report from the FBI, the federal police force responsible for analyzing the fatal bullet and the revolver that fired it, as well as any autopsy conclusions, he told ABC Television.
Sheriff Mendoza made the announcement as his services just released the numerous items collected by police over the past six months, including videos, photos and more than 200 pages of affidavits.
Notably among those documents is a video showing Alec Baldwin rehearsing the scene in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was hit.
In the images, we see the actor in cowboy attire practicing drawing a revolver, which he points towards the camera, but not the moment when the fatal blow goes out.
Another video shows Alec Baldwin visibly shocked shortly after the tragedy when the police who had been summoned came towards him.
Alec Baldwin has always said he was assured his gun was harmless and claims he never pulled the trigger when the fatal shot was fired.
In particular, the police are trying to find out how live ammunition could be found on the set, which in theory is strictly forbidden, precisely to avoid accidents.
This is “one of the key questions” of the investigation, Sheriff Mendoza said Tuesday, adding that “no one has come to us to admit they brought in ammunition on set.”
In this case, no arrests were made, but criminal proceedings are not excluded if responsibilities are established.
A parallel regulatory investigation by the New Mexico authorities uncovered numerous violations of safety rules on the set rust.
That investigation concluded last week that the film’s producers, including Alec Baldwin, showed “a clear disregard for the risks associated with firearms” and thus neglected “crew safety”. As a result, authorities imposed a civil fine of $136,793 on the producers, the maximum amount allowed by law.
Halyna Hutchins’ family has filed lawsuits against Alec Baldwin and the film’s producers, and several other civil lawsuits have also been filed.