Heather Locklear has been hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation in Ventura County, California, after erratic and violent behavior on Sunday led to a family member calling 911. TMZ reports that the 911 caller said Locklear was apparently searching her house for a gun to shoot herself.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the story with TMZ. The outlet posted a recording of the dispatch audio from the 911 call in which the caller says Locklear was acting erratically and may have been suicidal.
An update to the story posted one hour after it went live remarks that a source close to Locklear told TMZ Locklear was “agitated” during the day, leading to her parents going to her home to check on her. At that point, Locklear allegedly became violent, hitting her mother and choking her father. According to the source and to the dispatch audio, it was Locklear’s mother who called the police.
Police officers and the fire department responded to the 911 call. Following a domestic violence incident in February — when Locklear allegedly hit her boyfriend and then violently resisted arrest, striking at least three officers — she was charged with felony domestic violence and battery of a police officer. After this incident, TMZ reports that the sheriff’s office sent multiple deputies to her home on Sunday.
“There was no crime, only a medical issue,” police told Us Weekly, which contradicts the alleged violence described by TMZ’s source. Us reports that following the incident in February, Locklear returned to rehabilitative treatment; Locklear has struggled with substance abuse issues for several years, repeatedly going in and out of rehab.
“Heather has been in a very dark place for some time, prior to the most recent arrest,” a source told Us in February. “Her family, led by daughter Ava, has tried to get Heather to go to rehab for an extended period of time for help. Heather refuses. … She will stop drinking for a while, but will relapse. It’s truly a very sad situation.”
We hope the future is brighter for Locklear and that her family is able to move on from these incidents and heal. No one likes to see a loved one struggle in this way.