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Warrant issued for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone in shooting death of colleague

Alec Baldwin speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, San Diego, Calif. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
December 16, 2021

Santa Fe police have obtained a warrant to search actor Alec Baldwin’s phone after fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico movie set in October.

Business Insider was among the first to obtain and report on the search warrant on Thursday. The warrant authorizes police to take Baldwin’s phone and review all text messages, photos and any stored location data on the actor’s iPhone.

The warrant comes nearly two months after Baldwin pointed the gun, which was on the set of the film “Rust” as a movie prop, at Hutchins. Baldwin recently claimed, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, that he pointed the gun but did not pull the trigger when it went off, killing Hutchins and injuring another filmmaker on the movie set.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said.

Police are still investigating how a live round made its way on to the set of the movie. During his interview with Stephanopoulos, Baldwin said, “Someone put a live bullet in a gun; a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Baldwin’s phone might provide some information about communications with the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed

According to the search warrant, Baldwin told police that he exchanged emails with Reed, regarding what types of guns to use in the film, including the Colt .45 revolver involved in the October shooting incident.