New Search Warrant Gives Info on “Rust” Live Bullet Source

Investigators may have discovered the source of the live bullet fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the “Rust” set in New Mexico last month, which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Longtime Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, the father of the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, said in a statement to investigators that ammunition once in his possession “may match the ammunition found on the set of Rust.”

Seth Kenney’s Albuquerque prop house, PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, was searched under the new warrant. Kenney informed police that he was recruited to supply “Rust” with firearms, as well as fake bullets and blanks from a firm known as Starline Brass, according to the search warrant affidavit.

According to the complaint, Reed informed investigators he took an “ammo can” with 200 to 300 live rounds to the range. “(The) ammo was not factory manufactured rounds,” said the affidavit.

According to the complaint, Reed informed investigators that Kenney took the ammunition container and remaining ammo back to New Mexico and urged Reed to “write it off” when the armorer sought to get it back.

Kenney returned to the scene six days later to provide officials access to a weapon safe on the prop truck.

Investigators first collected 500 rounds of ammunition from the set, which included a mixture of blanks, fake shots, and what seemed to be live rounds. According to industry experts, live rounds should never be used on set.

According to Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, no charges have been made yet but “everything is on the table,” and any decision to file charges may take weeks or months.


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