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Rust shooting: When is the police press conference and how to watch it


A press conference about the Rust shooting will happen today (Picture: Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Police are preparing to hold a press conference nearly a week after the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on the set of Rust on Thursday.

Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a gun on the Santa Fe, New Mexico, set last week, accidentally killing Hutchins, 42, and injuring the director Joel Souza.

Today in the US Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies will conduct a joint news conference to discuss the ongoing investigation.

So far, various affidavits and two search warrants have been issued and executed amid the investigation, which has shed light on the circumstances around the incident.

When is the Rust press conference?

The event will begin at 9am PT, which is 5pm BST in the UK.

How to watch the Rust press conference

The conference will be live-streamed on the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office Facebook page.

Metro.co.uk will be covering developments from the conference as they happen.

It comes as a prosecutor warns that criminal charges are ‘on the cards’ following the incident.

Baldwin, who was unaware there was a live round in the gun, has not been arrested or charged over the incident but was questioned by police along with many others.

The cinematographer was killed on Thursday (Picture: Getty Images for AMC Networks)

According to court documents, an assistant director unwittingly handed Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the shooting.

Hutchins was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead, while director Souza was released from hospital hours later, and is recovering from his injuries.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Carmack-Altwies told the New York Times ‘we haven’t ruled out anything’ in the investigation.

She added: ‘Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table.’

Carmack-Altwies noted that the investigation is focusing on what kind of round was in the gun that killed Hutchins, as well as who placed the ammunition in the weapon.

‘There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set and we need to find out what kinds they were,’ she said.

However, she noted it could be months before the investigation is complete.

‘It’s probably weeks, if not months, of follow-up investigation that we’re going to need to get to the point of charging,’ she warned.

The prosecutor also addressed the issue of describing the weapon as a ‘prop gun’ as it has been named in court documents and stated that it was an ‘antique-era appropriate gun’.

Hutchins’ accidental killing has shocked and saddened Hollywood, which is now under pressure to revise rules surrounding the use of guns on movie and television sets.


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