Alec Baldwin is being haunted online over an old tweet about a California cop shooting dead a violent suspect — in which the actor asked what it felt like to “kill someone” four years before he accidentally shot dead his cinematographer.
Baldwin, 63, had tweeted on Sept. 23, 2017, about Huntington Beach police officer Eric Esparza being caught on video shooting dead Dillan Tabares, 27, who’d punched him and reached for his gun.
“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” the actor wrote of the police shooting that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office later ruled had been justified.
The tweet came back to haunt him this week after Baldwin accidentally shot dead his new film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured its director, Joel Souza, 48, on the New Mexico set of “Rust.”
His harsh words about the cop were quickly shared on Twitter — with some putting them next to images of Baldwin hunched over in clear distress after fatally misfiring the prop gun Thursday.
“Maybe you can answer that question now?” wrote another Twitter user sharing Baldwin’s quote, with many sharing images of the quote next to headlines about Baldwin’s fatal accident on “Rust.”
Others were harsher, with one person saying it was an example of “when the self-righteous demonstrate hypocrisy.”
“I hope you learn to be a better person to others who make mistakes in their lives,” someone else tweeted, offering her “prayers” to the star for having “wrongfully killed someone” himself.
“What u put into this Universe will always be what u receive in this Universe!!!” someone else tweeted the star.
Others were outraged at the comparison to a police shooting, as well as attacking Baldwin within hours of the tragedy that will “put a terrible pain on Alec’s heart for the rest of his life.”
“Too soon people. Too soon,” one tweeted.
Esparza, the cop Baldwin initially tweeted about, was never charged over the shooting of Tabares, a homeless Navy veteran who was caught on video punching the cop and reaching for his duty belt.
It was deemed a justified shooting, with Tabares’ DNA found on the grip of Esparza’s pistol and his flashlight, proving he’d grabbed it as he fought the cop.
However, earlier this year, an appellate court ruled in favor of Tabares’ mother in a lawsuit, saying a jury could potentially find the officer acted unreasonably by firing seven times.
The case will go before the federal district court in Santa Ana, the Los Angeles Times reported in February.
With Post wires