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Decision on Fatal Shooting by Alec Baldwin to be Announced by Santa Fe District Attorney

The Santa Fe District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, will be announced on Thursday morning whether charges will be brought in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal of the Western "Rust" film.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

A statement will be released on social media, but there will be no public appearances by prosecutors.

Fatal Shooting of Cinematographer on Film Set

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being wounded by a gunshot during setup for a scene at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021. Baldwin pointed a pistol at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing her and wounding the director, Joel Souza.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza described "a degree of neglect" on the film set but left decisions about potential criminal charges to prosecutors after delivering the results of a yearlong investigation in October.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin's Lawsuit

Baldwin, known for his roles in "30 Rock" and "The Hunt for Red October" and his impression of former President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," has described the killing of Hutchins as a "tragic accident." He has sought to clear his name by suing people handling and supplying the loaded gun handed to him on set. Baldwin, a co-producer on "Rust," said he was told the gun was safe.

Rust Movie Productions continues to challenge the basis of a $137,000 fine by regulators who say production managers on the set failed to follow standard industry protocols for firearms safety.