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Fatal ‘Rust’ shooting: Search warrant issued for Alec Baldwin’s phone

Alec Baldwin, holding his cell phone, and Hilaria Baldwin arrive at their apartment in New York City on Dec. 16, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Alec Baldwin, holding his cell phone, and Hilaria Baldwin arrive at their apartment in New York City on Dec. 16, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Authorities in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday issued a search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone to investigate the death of the cinematographer he shot to death on the set of the movie

“Rust.”

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office are of the opinion there are key discussion on Baldwin’s phone linking to what led to the prop gun death of Halyna Hutchins in October.

inspectors in the past asked the 63-year-old actor for his phone still he told them they would need to get a warrant, as stated by the document, obtained by The Post.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust.”

Baldwin shoot a prop gun during the time he was rehearsing a scene of the western film, killing in the process Hutchins and injuring the film’s director.

Discussions concerning the ill-fated production were discovered on Hutchins’ phone dating back to July 14, authorities said, stating the belief that

“gathering information prior to the film start date of Rust is essential for a full investigation.”

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office believes there are key conversations on Baldwin’s phone related to the shooting.
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The “Rust” filming location at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
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The actor and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s armorer, emailed back and forth concerning the type of gun to use in the scene, and

“he said he requested a bigger gun,”

as stated by the search warrant affidavit. He chose a “period” Colt with a brown handle.
as stated by the affidavit, Gutierrez-Reed told factfinder she checked the gun following the shooting.

“She checked the cartridge which would have been the one fired and said the first one she pulled out didn’t have ‘that’ (pointing to the projectile end of a bullet),”

according to the warrant. The other rounds in the chamber were dummy rounds.

Gutierrez-Reed said she “did not believe anyone on the film set would be that malicious” to bring live ammo onto the set, the document states.

Initially this month, Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he “didn’t pull the trigger.” He as well asserted that someone else, not him, put the live round in the gun.

ALEC BALDWIN    INVESTIGATIONS       NEW MEXICO     SHOOTINGS     12/16/21

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