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An Australian police officer pointed his gun at his co-worker because he threatened him with revealing the plot of the blockbuster film "Top Gun: Maverick," according to a Sydney court hearing last month.
Officer Dominic Francis Gaynor, 30, was working behind the counter at the Sydney police station when his friend told him he had seen the 2022 Tom Cruise movie. The junior colleague, trainee officer Morgan Royston, who filed the complaint, told Gaynor that he had just seen the film and added, "I'll spoil it for you."
According to court documents published by ABC, Gaynor laughed and said, "Don't spoil my movie," adding "I'll shoot you," then pulled his Glock gun out of his holster and pointed it at Royston for five seconds. According to the report, Gaynor laughed all along and his finger was not on the trigger but on the cult.
Gaynor pleaded guilty in court to carrying a weapon while ignoring the complainant's safety.
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New South Wales Police told NBC News in a statement that the ABC report and details were accurate, but declined to comment further.
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Royston attended a hearing at the local Downing Centre court, where he said he suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of the incident and said he had left the police force since the incident. Chris Micheli, Gaynor's attorney, told the court his client did not intend to intimidate Royston, but admitted he had made a mistake. Mickey added that the conviction would lead to Gaynor losing his job.
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The court apparently took these matters into consideration and Gaynor received a reprimand and a two-year suspended order pledging to exhibit good behavior and also being sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service.
Judge Michael Maher said in his sentencing, according to the Australian Associated Press, that the defendant had made a "reckless and obviously dangerous judgment". The judge added that although he accepted that Gaynor had taken responsibility, he doubted his true remorse. "I doubt somewhat his understanding of the real impact he had on his colleague," he wrote. The police said Gaynor is currently suspended from his position without pay.
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