Armorer bought live rounds before Rust shooting, prop supplier told police

THE PROP supplier for Rust said the movie’s armorer told him that before the production she bought the same type of ammunition as the live round that killed the cinematographer during filming in 2021, according to sheriff’s office records.

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is the only person still facing charges in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after prosecutors in April dismissed a charge against actor Alec Baldwin based on new evidence.

Investigators have not been able to establish the source of the live round that killed Ms. Hutchins on Oct. 21, 2021.

In text messages released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO) in response to a Reuters public records request, Seth Kenney, owner of prop supplier PDQ Arm & Prop, told SFCSO Detective Alexandria Hancock that Ms. Gutierrez-Reed told him in a telephone conversation after Aug. 3, 2021, that she had bought live .45 long Colt ammunition to shoot in her own gun.

Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles told Reuters that no such conversation took place, that she had never bought nor had access to live long Colt .45 ammunition and that her father kept her long Colt .45 revolver at a location Ms. Gutierrez-Reed did not have access to.

Ms. Gutierrez-Reed has told police she loaded the live round into Mr. Baldwin’s revolver, mistaking it for a dummy round. She said she did not know how live rounds got onto the set.

Mr. Kenney did not respond to a request for comment. Ms. Gutierrez-Reed sued Mr. Kenney in 2022, alleging he supplied live rounds to Rust and misrepresented them as dummy rounds. Mr. Kenney has denied supplying live rounds and has not been charged.

SFCSO declined to comment. Special prosecutors on the case did not respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Hutchins was killed when a revolver chambered in .45 long Colt that Mr. Baldwin was rehearsing with fired a live round that killed Ms. Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on a set outside Santa Fe. — Reuters