In response to Alec Baldwin’s bombshell claim in his ABC News interview that he did not pull the trigger on the gun that, in his telling of it, just discharged and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Medoza told Fox News that “guns just don’t go off”:

From Fox News:

“Guns don’t just go off,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza told Fox News Digital. “So whatever needs to happen to manipulate the firearm, he did that and it was in his hands.”

So, maybe the hammer was cocked *before* Baldwin drew the gun?

The fourth search warrant released by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department shows armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed suggested someone on the set had potentially pulled the hammer back on the .45 Colt revolver during her interviews with police.

For what it’s worth, “Rust” assistant director Dave Halls also claimed that Baldwin did not pull the trigger:

Twitchy regular and gun expert Stephen Gutowski tweeted that he’s “highly skeptical about claims” like the one Baldwin made:

But the Los Angeles Times did report on other “misfires” with this same gun:

A colleague was so alarmed by the prop gun misfires that he sent a text message to the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by The Times.

Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks — two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.

“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member said. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”

We really need to know more about these prior incidents, Gutowski added:

But, although Gutowski was skeptical of Baldwin’s claim, it *is* possible as he outlined in this thread:

The full interview airs tonight on ABC News: