‘ER’ Actress Fatally Shot and Killed
ER actress Vanessa Marquez, 49, was shot and killed by police in Pasadena, California, on Thursday (August 30).
Sheriff’s officials said she was shot by South Pasadena police following a welfare check-in being conducted at an apartment building for someone “who was possibly suffering from a medical condition.”
A statement from the sheriff’s office released a statement depicting what happened. It read:
While responding South Pasadena officers did find a woman “having seizures” who was “possibly suffering from mental health issues,” the woman allegedly “became uncooperative” and “appeared to be unable to care for herself.”
A county mental health expert was brought in to assist and authorities “continued to speak to [the woman] for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care,” the sheriff’s department statement continues.
She was shot and killed around 1:48 p.m. after she allegedly “armed herself” and turned the apparent weapon on law enforcement, sheriff’s officials said.
She was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The apparent “weapon” she had was later confirmed to be a BB gun that looked like a semi-automatic handgun.