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Rust armorer’s attorneys declare dwell spherical in gun might have been ‘sabotage’

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armorer on Rust (Picture :Instagram/ Getty)

The attorney for the armorer on the movie Rust are investigating whether somebody placed a live bullet into a box of dummy rounds to ‘sabotage the set’.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, was the armorer on the set of the Western movie starring Alec Baldwin, which suffered tragedy two weeks ago when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by a prop gun discharged by Baldwin.

Reports from the set said that Baldwin, 63, was told he was being handed a ‘cold gun’ – or a gun without ammunition.

It later emerged that the revolver had contained a live round.

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence appeared on the Today show to discuss the case, and said that they were investigating a theory that a live round was placed in a box of dummy rounds with the ‘purpose of sabotaging the set’.

Bowles told presenter Savannah Guthrie: ‘There was a box of dummy rounds, and the box is labelled dummy. Hannah did take from that box, which she by all accounts should have been able to rely on. That contains only dummy rounds. She loaded rounds from that box into the handgun, only later to find out – she had no idea – she inspected the rounds, that there was a live round.

Hannah’s attorneys have suggested a live round was put in the box of dummy rounds (Picture: Instagram)

‘We don’t know however, whether that live round came from that box. We’re assuming it did, we’re assuming somebody put the live round in that box. If you think about that, the person who put the live round in the box of dummy rounds had to have the purpose of sabotaging the set. There’s no other reason you would do that, that you would mix that live round with the dummy rounds.’

Guthrie asked: ‘Is that your theory of the case, that somebody intentionally placed a live round into a box of dummies, with the purpose of it ending up in a weapon that would be used on set?’

Bowles responded: ‘We don’t have a theory yet, we are investigating and we are trying to get all the facts. That’s one of the possibilities.’

When asked whether the gun was left unattended for two hours, Gorence claimed that while the guns are locked in a safe, the prop ammunition was in a truck ‘that was completely unattended at all times, giving someone access and opportunity’.

Halyna was fatally shot (Picture: Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

He then said that the prop gun was left on a tray outside the church on set for two hours, and that Gutierrez-Reed was not in custody of the gun at that time as she had two roles on set, as armorer and key props assistant.

Guthrie went on to ask whether Gutierrez-Reed inspected the gun before it went to set, with Gorence saying: ‘She did not. What happened and what transpired in the church was not a rehearsal, it was not set to be filmed, this was what was called a tech prep. They’re positioning cameras. Hannah was not in the church, and that’s really significant, because if there was something that was going to involve one of the firearms, she had to be there. She wasn’t in the church because it wasn’t set up to have that dynamic of “we’re going to use one of these firearms”.’

The attorneys added that Gutierrez-Reed did spin the cylinder for assistant director Dave Halls and showed him the rounds in the chamber, but said that she believed the six rounds to be dummy rounds.

No charges have been filed in the case, as police continue to investigate the events leading up to Hutchins’ death. 


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