Shannen Doherty Helps Police Thwart a Fan's Threatened Suicide

12/10/2012 at 11:35 AM EST

Shannen Doherty Helps Cops Prevent Potential Suicide
Shannen Doherty
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Shannen Doherty recently called 911 to help save a Twitter follower who was sending messages about wanting to commit suicide.

The former Beverly Hills 90210 star, 41, who was in California, was so concerned by the message from a distraught fan who'd aggressively Tweeted at her before, that she called police in Westhampton, N. J., and asked them for help. TMZ.com, which first reported the story, released the 911 call on Sunday.

"This is going to sound incredibly strange," she told a police dispatcher on the call. "My name is Shannen Doherty and I'm an actress. I am on Twitter, sadly, and there is a girl that is threatening to shoot herself and she lives somewhere over there. I'm completely untrained to deal with somebody threatening to commit suicide, especially via Twitter."

Still, Doherty was smart enough to put the police on the right trail, and even coaxed an address out of the woman.



As Doherty stayed on the line – "I'm sitting here, like, you know, freaking out and held hostage and I can't even do anything," she says on the tape – police found the woman, who was okay.

But not before the dispatcher let Doherty know he was a fan.

"All my co-workers can't believe who I'm on the phone with," the dispatcher told to an appreciative-sounding Doherty. "They all want your Twitter account."

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