Entertainment Celebrity Heather Locklear taken to hospital after threatening self harm
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Heather Locklear taken to hospital after threatening self harm

Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear in a booking photo after her February arrest. Photo: Getty
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Heather Locklear has been taken to hospital and is reportedly undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after a desperate emergency call claimed the US actress was threatening to harm herself.

Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that both the sheriff’s office and fire department responded to a call of a “medical emergency” at the 4900 block of Summit View Drive.

The individual in question was transferred to a hospital for further treatment, Mr Kuredjian said.

TMZ, which first broke the story, reported Locklear’s mother called the 911 emergency number on Sunday local time, claiming Locklear was acting erratically and threatening self-harm.

Dispatch audio obtained by the gossip website revealed that the caller told authorities an “agitated and violent” Locklear was trying to hurt herself, and was looking for a gun to shoot herself, although she did not have access to any weapons.

While Kuredjian could not confirm if the caller was a family member, he did say that it was not the patient who placed the call.

Locklear, 56, was transferred to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, US media reported.

The incident is being ruled as medical, not criminal, and Locklear is currently not being charged on any counts.

When contacted by Variety, Locklear’s publicist noted that the actress is on hiatus, and had no further information.

The incident occurs just four months after the Melrose Place star was arrested for domestic assault and battery on an officer.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, on February 27 in which the victim was a boyfriend of Locklear.

Locklear was uncooperative with the deputies and became combative,Mr Kuredjian said at the time.

“She was kicking at and pushing our deputies,” he said.

Heather Locklear in TJ Hooker
Locklear (L) was one of the biggest TV stars of the 1980s and ’90s. Photo: Sony Pictures

Locklear was among the biggest stars on television in the 1980s and 1990s, with roles on Dynasty and T.J. Hooker, as well as Melrose Place.

Over the years, Locklear has sought treatment for depression and anxiety, and reportedly went through drug rehabilitation after being taken to hospital from mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

She has had previous run-ins with law enforcement, including when she was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Locklear responded to rumours in 2017 that she had entered rehab for the fifth time.

“I am feeling great and am taking steps to enrich and better my life. Currently I am working on tying up some loose ends regarding certain issues so I can hit 2017 full steam ahead,” she said in a statement at the time.

-with AAP