Actor Alec Baldwin wrote on social media Monday that a police officer should be present for every movie production that uses guns, “fake or otherwise,” following the on-set mishap that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin, who shot and killed Hutchins on the set of his Western “Rust” in late October after he was handed a gun he was told was safe, posted the missive on his now-private Twitter account early Monday morning.
“Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety,” Baldwin, 63, wrote, sharing the same message to his Instagram account.
Typically, that burden falls on trained and professional armorers who oversee weapons on-set and follow strict safety guidelines, which Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed claims she abided by in the moments leading up to the on-set tragedy.
The self-proclaimed gun expert, the daughter of famed Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, went as far as to say the live round that killed Hutchins may have been the result of “sabotage” and someone could’ve intentionally placed the active bullet among the dummy rounds.
Police have been investigating the incident for several weeks and said one of their primary goals is to ascertain how that live round got on set.
No charges have been filed in the case.