“Rust” movie set armourer convicted of manslaughter infographic
Graphic shows events surrounding the death of Halyna Hutchins.


Hollywood armourer found guilty in “Rust” shooting trial

By Ninian Carter

March 6, 2024 - Movie set armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a gun she loaded with a live round was passed to actor Alec Baldwin – it later fired, killing a “Rust” crew member.

“Rust” movie set armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who placed a live round into a gun actor Alec Baldwin was using and which subsequently fired and killed the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The incident occurred on the New Mexico location of Baldwin’s low-budget western “Rust” – a popular setting seen in the likes of Jimmy Stewart’s 1955 “The Man from Laramie” and Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s 1969 “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

On October 21, 2021, as the crew worked out positions for a scene inside a wooden chapel, Baldwin, playing a grizzled 1880s Kansas outlaw, fired a live round from an Italian-made Pietta Long Colt revolver replica – the bullet passing through Hutchins’ chest and lodging in director Joel Souza’s shoulder.

Hutchins died in flight to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, while Souza was later discharged from hospital.

Gutierrez-Reed’s conviction carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison.

PUBLISHED: 06/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom