NZ teen shot at Queen, ex-cop alleges
❝ The fact an attempted assassination of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand ... it was too politically hot to handle. — Former police officer Tom Lewis
A FORMER police officer has claimed that a teenager came incredibly close to assassinating the Queen during a 1981 visit to New Zealand – and the NZ government tried to cover it up.
At the age of 17, Christopher John Lewis, from Dunedin, joined cheering crowds to watch the monarch pass through during a diplomatic trip, The Sun reports.
Armed with a .22 rifle, he shot at the Queen as she stepped out of her Rolls-Royce. Despite a loud bang, the crowd seemingly was unaware of what had happened and the parade continued.
Former Dunedin officer Tom Lewis said police launched a cover-up to conceal just how serious the event could have been.
He said the government feared the royals would not come back to New Zealand if they found out just how close the Queen had come to being assassinated.
He also says that Lewis’s original statement was destroyed, and police decided to not charge the man because of orders from “up top”.
“The fact an attempted assassination of the Queen had taken place in New Zealand ... it was too politically hot to handle,” Mr Lewis said.
“I think the government took the view that he is a bit nutty and has had a hard upbringing, so it won’t be too harsh.”
The teenager’s charge was downgraded to possessing a firearm and discharging it in a public place.