Americans were shocked in October when Hollywood star Alec Baldwin was involved in an on-set shooting that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Though the actor is now claiming that he never pulled the trigger in the fatal incident, one sheriff has made clear that he’s not buying what Baldwin’s trying to sell.
“I would never”
Baldwin made the assertion that he “didn’t pull the trigger” this week during an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” the actor said.
“No, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never,” an emotional Baldwin insisted, according to Deadline.
The actor also professed ignorance regarding how the gun could have been loaded, declaring, “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Asked by @GStephanopoulos how a real bullet got on the “Rust” set, Alec Baldwin says: “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021
“Guns don’t just go off”
According to Fox News, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza is deeply skeptical of the claim. “Guns don’t just go off,” Mendoza declared. “So whatever needs to happen to manipulate the firearm, he did that and it was in his hands.”
Fox notes that it’s “been reported that the gun Baldwin was holding is an F.LLI Pietta Long Colt 45 Revolver.” Weapons expert Bryan W. Carpenter told Fox News Digital that it would be “rare” for such a weapon to fire without the trigger being pulled.
“In order to make it fire, you have to put your thumb up onto the hammer, cock the hammer all the way back, and then as the hammer is completely cocked back, then you pull the trigger and then the gun fires,” Carpenter explained.
“So that’s very important because that gun had to have two-step process to fire,” he told Fox. “It had to be cocked and the trigger pulled to fire,” he added, though he acknowledged that “those old west guns” have “very light triggers.”
Fellow actor John Schneider expressed skepticism as well, releasing an 18-minute YouTube video on Wednesday entitled, “Seriously Alec?”
According to Fox News, Schneider, known for his role in The Dukes of Hazzard, complained that the actor’s interview with Stephanopoulos was “all designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin” and “believe that a gun went off by itself” somehow. “This is absurd,” Schneider said.