Crime scene photos, body cam footage and a slew of other investigative files in the probe of the fatal “Rust” shooting involving Alec Baldwin were revealed Monday — just before the online database containing the trove of documents crashed.
The files, released by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, include witness interviews, video taken on set, staff photos, dash cam footage and other evidence that’s been collected since the fatal on-set shooting on October 21 that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.
Following a surge of traffic to a Dropbox folder containing the files, the site crashed minutes after it was widely sent out to the media and the documents were no longer accessible.
The sheriff’s office sent a statement about an hour later saying access to the documents has been “temporarily suspended due to excessive traffic by those attempting to access the files.”
“We are working with our IT department to remedy the situation,” the agency said.
A number of components are still in the process of being collected and were not included in the release, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
That includes FBI firearm and ballistics information, DNA and fingerprint analyses, the medical examiner’s report and the data extracted from Baldwin’s cell phone.
“Once these investigative components are provided to the sheriff’s office we will be able to complete the investigation to forward it to the Santa Fe District Attorney for review,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement.
In the days following the shooting, both the district attorney and sheriff said criminal charges for those involved, including Baldwin, were yet to be ruled out. They said they wouldn’t comment further until the investigation is complete.