‘Rust’ armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer slams Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office over investigation

The legal team for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the “Rust” movie set, is not happy with the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sheriff’s Department and its handling of the investigation.

“The primary question in this case from the beginning has been where did the live rounds that ended upon the Rust set come from?” Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer, Jason Bowles, said in a statement to Fox News Digital Thursday.

“As can be seen from the attached emails, the sheriff’s office made a conscious decision not to pursue this question at all by refusing to ask the FBI to test any of the rounds for fingerprints or DNA.

“We now know for certain there were live rounds on set. It is inconceivable that the sheriff would not seek answers to this fundamental question, and it raises a serious problem with the entire investigation. We have long sought this answer and will not give up in pursuing the truth to find it.”


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The legal team for Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the “Rust” set, is not happy with the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sheriff’s Department and its handling of the investigation. Sonia Moscowitz/Getty Images

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armorer on the “Rust” set. In October 2021, a gun Alec Baldwin was holding discharged during a rehearsal for the film, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The statement also included alleged correspondence between Gutierrez-Reed’s legal team and detectives.


“Given the fact the items were from movie setswhich had been handled over and over and over, it didn’t make sense,” a detective said in response to an email from Bowles asking why the FBI “didn’t do any DNA testing on the rounds.”

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The statement from Gutierrez-Reed’s legal team comes as the FBI completed its full forensic report.

According to ABC News, which obtained a copy of the FBI’s forensic report, the gun used on the New Mexico movie set could not have been fired without the trigger being pulled. The FBI conducted an accidental discharge test and determined the gun used in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger,” the report stated, according to the outlet.

In addition, the report did not conclude where the live rounds of ammunition came from, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It was previously reported that Gutierrez-Reed has sued Seth Kenney, the man who provided the prop ammunition used by the production team. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawsuit accuses Kenney’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of providing a mix of dummy and live rounds to the set, creating a “dangerous condition.”

Kenney has denied that the live round on the set of “Rust” could have come from his prop company.

“It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ or from myself personally,” Kenney previously told ABC News.

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Baldwin said he “didn’t pull the trigger” on the “Rust” set in October. Mark Sagliocco

In December, Baldwin, who was in possession of the gun on set, told ABC News he did not fire the weapon.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled,” Baldwin said. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

Baldwin, Gutierrez-Reed and others involved with “Rust” have been named as defendants in lawsuits.

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