Premier Dennis King says the RCMP were called after a neighbour went to his house and made comments his wife took as a threat.
During a news conference Friday about the coronavirus, King revealed that police were called in response to a media question.
"Someone came to the house, where I live. They were upset with some decisions that we had made,” King said.
"It was a neighbour of ours who lived down the road who wanted to chat. I actually called the neighbour and we had a good chat.”
The premier wasn’t home at the time, but his wife was.
King said she was very upset and the person made a comment that led his wife to believe it might have been a threat.
In an interview with The Guardian, King said the matter had been a misunderstanding. King said he later had a “cordial and nice” conversation with his neighbour.
"I feel most horrible for my neighbour, I hope he doesn't watch this on TV and think that he unleashed some series of events,” King said.
The incident came the day after King announced some seasonal residents will be allowed to return to the province under public health restrictions.
That decision was met with anger by some as the Island continues to see no new cases of COVID-19.
King said his wife called him after the incident, but he couldn’t take the call because he was in a meeting.
He said his wife then phoned a staffer and the RCMP were called.
Later, he determined it was a neighbor and called them, King said.
He added that the incident turned out fine.
“It certainly was a scary couple of minutes until I was able to piece it together.”
Earlier in the news conference, King hinted some unfair criticism had been levelled at Chief Health Officer Heather Morrison.
"I'm not upset to be critiqued and scrutinized. That's my job - I'm the Premier. We should be scrutinized," King said during the briefing.
"Where I get upset is when they target individuals [of a] high calibre like Dr. Morrison."
During the briefing, Morrison also became visibly emotional during her remarks.
"We have a great deal to look forward to. We need to be thankful. Please be patient, please be kind," Morrison said during the briefing.
In a later interview King said Morrison has been copied on correspondence directed at him. Sometimes this had involved vitriolic criticism. Other times the criticism has been directed at Dr. Morrison, King said.
King said he understood Islanders have been scared and frustrated in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But he said it was unfair to level criticism like this at public health officials rather than political leaders.
"I've tried a couple of times during these ten weeks to reassure Islanders and remember who we are," King said.
"Fear and anger - they're very close cousins."
During the media briefing King also addressed comments made by New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs about the decision to allow seasonal residents into the Island. On Wednesday, Higgs had said in a media interview that he was surprised by the decision of the P.E.I. government and suggested it might delay plans for a “bubble” between the two provinces, allowing travel without quarantines.
King said he had talked to Higgs on Tuesday before the measure was announced.
"We talked about a number of things and one of them was our desire to begin on June 1st doing what the Province of Nova Scotia has been doing for the last four and a half weeks, and that is to allow seasonal residents to make their way back from Canadian provinces," King said.
P.E.I. entered the second phase of its plan to ease public health restrictions on Friday. Retail stores and barber shops have reopened, as have a number of childcare facilities across P.E.I.
Households can also gather with up to five people inside their home and 10 outside.