UK police and prosecutors are investigating the use of the Glock 22 pistol by former New Zealand prime minister John Key in Auckland in the wake of the fatal shooting of the then-prime minister.
Key is understood to have fired three shots at former New Zealander and current New Zealand Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee during a phone call at his Auckland home on July 8.
Brownlee was a friend of Key’s and was later convicted of murder in New Zealand in 2008.
Key is also alleged to have threatened to kill Brownlee in a video of the incident.
Key’s spokesman said the former prime minister had been advised of the investigation by his solicitor.
Brownle was found not guilty of the murder of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and the attempted murder of his partner, Anna Farr.
Key was also convicted of attempted murder.
Key and Brownlee were both cleared of manslaughter.