February 4, 2023

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator determined the shooting to be an accident after completing an autopsy and review of police reports.

The New Mexico Office of Occupational Safety and Health imposed the maximum fine against Rust Movie Productions, based on a scathing narrative of safety lapses, including testimony that production managers took little or no action to address two lapses in safety. firing blank ammunition on the set before the fatal accident. shooting.

A photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at a memorial service in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Credit:access point

Rust Movie Productions continues to challenge the basis of a $137,000 ($200,000) fine by regulators who say on-set production managers failed to follow industry-standard protocols for firearms safety.

The gunsmith who oversaw the firearms on set, Gutierrez Reed, has been the subject of much scrutiny in the case, along with an independent ammunition supplier. An attorney for Gutierrez Reed has said she did not put a live bullet in the gun that killed Hutchins and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities said they have found no evidence of that.

Investigators initially found 500 rounds of ammunition on the film set outside of Santa Fe, a mix of blanks, fake bullets and what appeared to be real bullets. Industry insiders have said that live rounds should never be on set.


In April 2022, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department released a large number of files, including flap camera video of the mortally wounded Hutchins slipping in and out of consciousness as a medical helicopter arrived. Witness interrogations, email threads, text conversations, ammunition inventories, and hundreds of photographs completed that collection of evidence.

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State workplace safety regulators said immediate gun safety concerns were addressed when Oxide stopped filming, and that the return to filming in New Mexico would be accompanied by further security inspections.

Hutchins’ family, widower Matthew Hutchins and his son Andros, have settled a lawsuit against the producers under an agreement that aims to restart filming with Matthew Hutchin serving as executive producer.

Oxide it was plagued with disputes from the start in early October 2021. Seven crew members left the set just hours before the fatal shooting amid contention over working conditions.

Hutchins’ death influenced negotiations over security provisions in film crew union contracts with Hollywood producers and encouraged other filmmakers to choose computer-generated gunshots over actual weapons with blank ammunition for minimize risks.

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