‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation Takes Major Turn, Search Warrant Issued for Alec Baldwin’s Cell Phone

It appears that possible criminal charges are becoming more likely as the investigation continues into the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department has requested to seize Alec Baldwin’s cell phone in a new search warrant.

Baldwin, who was recently accused of deleting his Twitter account, appears to be removing content.

This warrant will allow the phone to be searched for any evidence relating to the death of Hutchins.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies confirmed that it is possible for actor Alec Baldwin to be “criminally culpable” in Hutchins’ death depending on the final results of the investigation.

Baldwin contradicted this statement by the district attorney during a highly publicized sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News.

Baldwin claims he was told by sources connected to the investigation that it is “highly unlikely” that he will be criminally charged.

Unbelievably, the actor claims that he did not pull the trigger when the gun he was holding shot and killed Halyna Hutchins.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them,” Baldwin told ABC News.

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“I cock the gun and I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off,” said Baldwin.

Baldwin insisted that “the trigger wasn’t pulled,” adding, “I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”

When asked whether he felt guilt over the incident that killed Halyna Hutchins, Baldwin said no. “I mean, I honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself,” he explained.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies responded, “Certain individuals may be criminally culpable for his/her actions and/or inactions on the set of Rust.”

“Everyone involved in the handling and use of firearms on the set had a duty to behave in a manner such that the safety of others was protected, and it appears that certain actions and inactions contributed to this outcome,” the attorney said.

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“Affiant is requesting a warrant for the seizure and search of Alec Baldwins’ [sic] cell phone to search for any evidence relating to the death investigation of Halyna Hutchins,” the affidavit, obtained by Fox News Digital, said. “Affiant believes there may be evidence on the phone due to individuals using cellular phones during and/or after the commission of crime(s).”

“Such information, if it exists, may be material and relevant to this investigation. Affiant was also made aware there were several emails and text messages sent and received regarding the movie production ‘Rust’ in the course of interviews.”

Reps for Baldwin did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Baldwin told police he had corresponded with armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed via email discussing different types of guns to use during production. The actor had told police he requested a larger gun for filming, according to the search warrant.

Police found conversations regarding the “Rust” production on Hutchins’ phone dating back to July 14, 2021, as well as photos taken in the Santa Fe area dating to September 7, 2021.

“Affiant believes gathering information prior to the film start date of Rust is essential for a full investigation,” the affidavit said, adding that police requested Baldwin’s phone but were told to get a search warrant.

Baldwin recently sat down for his first tell-all interview since the Oct. 21 shooting.

The actor described the moment the gun was discharged during the interview. “I let go of the hammer of the gun,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “And the gun goes off.”

Baldwin and Hutchins were setting up for a shot where the actor was supposed to draw the gun and point it at a camera. While standing next to the camera, the cinematographer was “guiding” Baldwin on where to point the gun, he said. “The gun wasn’t meant to be fired in that angle,” he confirmed.