Santa Fe sheriff completes Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting investigation
On Friday morning, New Mexico, sheriff’s officials reported that a man shot and killed at least one officer in an early morning shootout with deputies.
The suspected shooter was identified as Alec Baldwin, the actor best known as Will Bailey on the USA’s popular TV series The 30 Rock.
There is no word on whether Baldwin was actually the shooter. He had been under scrutiny in recent years for his behavior. His troubled upbringing and relationship with his daughter has been well known and even reported by the New York Times to have a negative effect on his acting career.
The investigation is still ongoing and the sheriff’s spokesperson said that any information from witnesses is still being sought.
The sheriff’s office said there was a shootout just after 5 a.m. with the suspect firing shots through a window at deputies as they closed in.
The officers then returned fire.
Authorities said at this time, the suspect had left his vehicle and was hiding in some bushes when the officers got out of their cars and began to chase him.
“There’s a lot of questions we have to answer,” said Bill Richardson, New Mexico’s governor, on Friday morning. “We’ve got to see if we can learn from this.”
A spokesperson for Baldwin said: “We can’t comment on the case at this time. We’re cooperating with the law enforcement agencies.”
The mayor of Santa Fe told reporters Friday that the public should be mindful of their safety.
“There are a lot of things that police and the prosecutor are going to be looking at to learn from this incident, so it’s a concern,” said Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.
A spokesperson for Albuquerque police confirmed that Baldwin was arrested on Thursday night and that the shooting took place on Thursday morning.
“Alec is presently in the Albuquerque Jail and is facing one count of attempted murder of a peace officer,” said Albuquerque police spokesperson Sgt. Jason Bookout.