SOUTH PASADENA, CA — A 49-year-old woman who was killed by South Pasadena police officers Thursday was identified by authorities as “ER” actress Vanessa Marquez. Police said officers conducted a welfare check in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue when Marquez waved what turned out to be a BB gun.
“She was suffering from some problems, eating disorder,” Sgt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters at the scene. “When they (officers) arrived, she was suffering a seizure.”
The suspect was taken to a hospital and was later pronounced dead, Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said.
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“A Los Angeles County Mental Health clinician was on scene with officers from South Pasadena PD,” according to a sheriff’s department statement. “They continued to speak to her for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care. She then armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
“After the shooting, officers checked the weapon and they discovered it was a BB-type gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun,” Mendoza said.
Sources first told the South Pasadenan the woman was the “Stand and Deliver” star; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives later confirmed the identity.
Marquez was known for play Wendy Goldman in the award-winning drama of ER. She’s also appeared in ”Seinfeld” and “Malcolm & Eddie.”
Authorities are investigating the shooting incident.
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