Top Gun: Maverick took the Memorial Weekend 2022 crown, with tons of people contributing to its record-breaking box office success. But that doesn’t mean everyone has already seen it. A police officer pleaded guilty to pointing a gun at a colleague because he threatened to spoil the Top Gun sequel.

While no one likes movie spoilers, pointing a gun at someone for doing so is a whole different story. According to the Los Angeles Times, 30-year-old Australian police officer Constable Dominic Francis Gaynor pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm with disregard for the safety of his colleague. Court documents show that 26-year-old probation officer Morgan Royston had seen “Top Gun: Maverick” the night before and jokingly threatened to spoil the movie for Gaynor. The documents reveal what the Australian police officer did:

“He pointed his firearm near the complainant and held it still for five seconds. The perpetrator’s finger was on the receiver and not on the trigger. The perpetrator was laughing during this incident.”

Gaynor seems to have thought the whole thing was a prank. The Australian Broadcasting Company said Gaynor allegedly told his colleague something along the lines of: “Don’t spoil the movie, c-” and “I’ll shoot you.”

Top Gun: Maverick was one of the top films of 2022. It was the second highest-grossing film of the year and the highest-grossing film for Tom Cruise. The film also received six nominations at the 95th Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and managed to win the award for Best Sound. Critics and audiences raved about Joseph Kosinski’s film, liking it more than the original and believing that the flight sequences made it a great cinematic experience.

What consequences did the police officer and his colleague have?

After this ordeal, probation officer Morgan Royston left the police force. He said he wanted to become a police officer despite the dangers involved. But after Gaynor pointed a gun at him, Royston felt “overwhelming shock and fear.” Unfortunately, this officer then fell into depression, as he said in court on Thursday.

“I have completely lost my trust and admiration for the NSW Police Force. Now when I see a police officer, I feel the urge to keep an eye on them and make sure their hand is not on their gun.”

Gaynor’s lawyer, Chris Micali, argued for Constable Dominic Francis Gaynor that he was remorseful and there was no malicious intent. Micali summarized the incident as “craziness and nonsense” that had “gone wrong.” The lawyer pointed out that a conviction would remove him from the police force and cost his client “very dearly.”

The court sentenced Gaynor not only to a conviction, but also to 100 hours of community service and a two-year community service order. He was also suspended without pay earlier this week. Fortunately, after all of this, no shots were fired and no one was physically injured.

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