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Former deputy threatens police after committed to institution

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(WMC-TV) - A former Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy is now being forced to undergo a mental evaluation.

Heather Westling was originally charged with aggravated assault after threatening former co-workers on two separate occasions. Over the course of the day, Westling's bond went from $1,000,000 to $40,000. She ended up posting bail.

Action News 5 has learned Westling first joined the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in January 2012. Yet, in May 14, 2013 Westling resigned.

Two days after her resignation, one neighbor witnessed the police handcuff Westling.

"She was outside (and) they pulled their gun on her," stated neighbor Melonie Halpenny.

According to deputies, they were called to the apartment about a suicidal subject. When they arrived, she threatened them with a kitchen knife. Once in custody, Westling was emergency committed to Memphis Mental Health Institute.

Westling was again committed after an incident July 9 when she got pulled over for doing 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile an hour zone off Airline Road. Westling had a loaded gun in the car.

The police report quotes Westling as saying "(I'm) waiting for the right officer to pull me over. I will BLANK them up, beat their BLANK, to show them how much they BLANKED her."

The Sheriff's office declined an interview; however, they did confirm "Westling had passed all mental, physical, written, and verbal tests to become a deputy".

The reason Westling resigned is not known. She is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and retaliation against a juror/witness.

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