Published: Oct 28, 2013 9:25 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, FL - Cape Coral councilman Chris Chulakes-Leetz says a private conversation between him and the interim police chief was not meant as a threat and should not have been relayed to City Manager John Szerlag. In a memo to the City Manager, Cape Coral's interim police chief wrote about a conversation he had with Leetz while officers investigated a crime at the councilman's home. Leetz allegedly said, "I am a licensed gun owner and I wont hesitate to use it" and "I know how to provoke people and get away with it."

Leetz suspects the comments made their way to the media as a political move to thwart his efforts to be re-elected.