More than 100 weapons confiscated as two Palm Springs detectives escort reluctant deputies and hundreds of extras to unsafe location
Police confiscated more than 100 guns and 60,000 rounds of ammunition on the set of the upcoming movie Rust, which stars Johnny Depp and Kate Bosworth.
A county deputy was killed in a gun battle with authorities in Palm Springs in February, and Depp was shot during a previous shooting in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County sheriff, John Benedict, said that the upcoming film, which was shooting at the site of the deadly shootout, was not linked to the attack. He said the use of weapons on the set was just a coincidence.
Police at the scene of the shooting depicted in the movie. Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Reuters
The weapons were confiscated as two Palm Springs detectives escorted Depp and hundreds of extras to an unsafe location, the Associated Press reported.
Sheriff’s deputies took a semi-automatic rifle, two handguns, and unspecified ammunition from Depp, Benedict said.
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“As this is not in any way related to the shooting events in Palm Springs in February, the use of weapons in this area was merely a coincidence,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
Benedict told reporters on Tuesday the suspect in the shooting, Robert Stewart, had connections to the movie production.
Police have charged Stewart with murder and attempted murder and with illegal weapons possession. The acting supervisor of the Palm Springs shooting scene, Ron Solomon, has accused the studio of using his shooting location in disregard for safety.
Guns and ammunition seized from the set of the movie. Photograph: Heather Ballon/AP
Benedict said the guns had not been used in any departmental training, and they had been taken to an unsecured location. He said that the sheriff’s department was also examining security for private locations using the same actors.
In November, a production assistant on Rust was shot when the gunman dressed as Santa opened fire. That employee was expected to recover.