The actor was in New Mexico filming “Rust,” which he is starring in and producing. According to investigators, Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on set, resulting in the death of 42-year-old Halina Hutchins, the film’s director of photography.
Director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident and was taken by ambulance to the regional medical center at Christus St. Vincent for care.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and that no charges have been filed.
“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” a law enforcement statement said. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Juan Rios told Granthshala Friday that a search warrant had been issued for the property where the film was being filmed and that officers would conduct a careful search this weekend.
Despite safety measures, production accidents have happened in the past. While filming the movie “The Crow” in 1993, Bruce Lee’s son, actor Brandon Lee, was killed in a prop gun shooting accident.
Even empty ammunition can be fatal if fired from close range. In 1984, actor John-Eric Hexum was playing with a gun on the set of “Cover Up: Golden Opportunity” and died after holding the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.
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