Ms Gutierrez-Reed told investigators that the weapons and ammunition used on the “Rust” set were supplied by Mr Kenney, according to the affidavit.
On October 27, as police issued a search warrant on the set, Mr. Kenney told investigators that he had supplied the production with fake bullets and blanks from a company called Starline Brass. Two days later, Mr. Kenney called back to say “he may know where the live tours are coming from”.
In affidavit, Mr Kenney told police on this call that he had received “reloaded ammunition” from a friend a few years ago. According to Clay Van Sickle, a film industry armorer, “Reloaded ammunition” can refer to ammunition that has been reconstituted by adding a new bullet, primer, and powder from the brass casing of a fired bullet.
Mr Kenney declined to comment in response to a phone call.
Mr Kenney told investigators that in this case, he believed the ammunition was reloaded because the cartridge of a live bullet had the Starline Brass logo on it, and that Starline Brass “sells only ammunition components, not real ammunition, and therefore believes the ammunition was reloaded.” It should have been a refilled tour.”
Starline, headquartered in Sedalia, Mo., did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Another clue to where the live round might have originated came from Thell Reed, the father of Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, a weapons specialist who had worked on and consulted with her on several films.
The detective said that in mid-November, he asked Mr Reed to bring in extra live ammunition with Mr Kenney in August or September when the actors were “conducted at a firearms range, for real fire with firearms,” and Mr Kenney would run out.