In accordance to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a police officer in Sydney, Australia, entered a guilty plea to “carrying a firearm with disregard” for the safety of a colleague after he threatened to shoot another police officer for disclosing plot details from Tom Cruise’s highly anticipated sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” In court filings, it is stated that after fellow officer Morgan Royston threatened to ruin the movie, 30-year-old Dominic Gaynor pulled out his revolver and pointed it “in the vicinity” of Royston. The day before, Royston had watched “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Royston allegedly said to Gaynor, “I’ll spoil it for you,” according to court records. In response, Gaynor threatened to shoot Royston and said, “Don’t spoil the movie.” He then pulled his Glock from its holster and pointed it at Royston while “holding it stationary for five seconds.” Gaynor’s “finger was on the receiver and not the trigger” and he was laughing at the time of the occurrence. “A case where the skylarking and tomfoolery in an employment context has gone awry,” his attorney said of the incident.
As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Royston admitted in court on November 9 that the incident caused him to experience despair. Police officers frequently “share jokes and tease each other,” he claimed, but this event was different and left him feeling “overwhelming shock and fear.” “I have completely lost the trust I had and my admiration for the NSW Police Force,” he said. “When I see a police officer now, I feel compelled to watch them and check their hand is not on their firearm.”
A conviction, according to Gaynor’s attorney, would “definitely see him removed from the police force.” Gaynor committed a terrible error. “This is going to cost him dearly,” the attorney said. In addition to a documented conviction, Gaynor received a two-year community correction order and one hundred hours of community service.