SANTA FE, N.M– Actor Alec Baldwin will face charges in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer during the filming of the movie Rust.
Prosecutors made the announcement on Thursday, charging him with involuntary manslaughter.
Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed during rehearsals on Oct. 21, 2021, when Baldwin pointed the prop pistol in her direction, pulled back and released the hammer.
Director, Joel Souza was also struck during the incident but survived.
Baldwin told investigators that he was working with Hutchins on different camera angles at the time and was handed the gun by a worker on set and assured the gun was “safe.”
Here’s a recreation of what the incident may have looked like in real time.
New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator determined the shooting was an accident after completing an autopsy on Hutchins’ body.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza who was investigating the shooting stated that there was “a degree of neglect” on the film set but left the decision on whether charges would be filed to prosecutors.
It was not detailed why a loaded gun was on set or handed to the actor.
Baldwin is suing people responsible for handling and supplying the loaded gun that was handed to him on the set.