An Australian police officer faced legal repercussions after pointing his gun at a colleague who threatened to spoil the plot of the Hollywood blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick,” a court revealed this week.
Constable Dominic Francis Gaynor, 30, stationed at a police station in Sydney, engaged in the incident in May when Probationary Constable Morgan Royston, a junior colleague, mentioned having seen the recently released Tom Cruise movie.
According to court documents, Royston jokingly informed Gaynor that he would “spoil it for you.” In response, Gaynor, in a seemingly jesting manner, warned, “Don’t spoil the movie” and “I’ll shoot you,” while pulling his Glock handgun from its holster and pointing it toward Royston for approximately five seconds. The documents noted that Gaynor was laughing throughout the exchange, and his finger was not on the trigger but on the receiver.
New South Wales Police confirmed the accuracy of the account but refrained from providing further comments. Gaynor pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm with disregard for the complainant’s safety.
During a hearing at Downing Centre Local Court, Royston described experiencing depression and anxiety as a result of the incident and disclosed that he had left the police force since then.
Chris Micali, Gaynor’s counsel, asserted that his client did not intend to intimidate Royston but acknowledged his error. Micali acknowledged that the conviction would likely lead to Gaynor losing his job.
Gaynor received a two-year good behavior order and was mandated to perform 100 hours of community service. In his sentencing remarks, Magistrate Michael Maher characterized Gaynor’s actions as “clearly dangerous reckless judgment.” While acknowledging Gaynor’s acceptance of responsibility, Maher expressed reservations about the depth of his remorse, questioning whether he truly understood the impact on his colleague.
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“Top Gun: Maverick,” a reboot of the 1986 classic, emerged as the highest-grossing movie of 2022, earning $719 million in ticket sales and receiving acclaim from critics.