An actress who appeared on the NBC medical drama “ER” in the 1990s was shot and killed by police Thursday, USA Today reports. Lt. Joe Mendoza of the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department confirmed that Vanessa Marquez was killed after she reportedly pulled a BB gun on officers.
The officers, who had reportedly arrived at Marquez’s apartment in South Pasadena to do a welfare check, thought the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun, according to the report.
Marquez, 49, had a series of minor acting roles but was best known for her recurring role as Nurse Wendy Goldman on “ER,” appearing in almost 30 episodes from 1994-1997. She also played teacher Ana Delgado in the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver.”
“When officers arrived around noon Thursday, they ‘noticed the female was having seizures’ according to a press release received by USA Today Friday. Paramedics were called to assist,” the story reports.
The statement reportedly adds: “While speaking to her, officers became aware she was possibly suffering from mental health issues, became uncooperative, and appeared to be unable to care for herself. 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.”
Marquez was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.