Los Angeles: Vanessa Marquez, an actress who had a recurring role in the hit TV series “ER,” was shot dead by police as she waved a toy gun, authorities said late on Friday.
Officers had gone to her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena on Thursday to conduct a welfare check when the 49-year-old Vanessa Marquez grabbed what looked like a handgun and pointed it at officers, said Sergeant Joe Mendoza, of the LA Sheriff’s Department.
After the incident officers checked the weapon and they discovered it was a BB-type gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.
According to reports, Vanessa Marquez’s landlord had called police to check on her and when officers arrived she appeared to be having a seizure.
The officers and a mental health clinician spoke with Vanessa Marquez for over an hour and a half in an attempt to offer her medical care.
However, Vanessa then armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Vanessa Marquez played nurse Wendy Goldman on “ER” from 1994 to 1997 and also appeared on several other shows including “Seinfeld” and Melrose Place.”
Last year, she made headlines after accusing “ER” co-star George Clooney of blacklisting her from the hit show for speaking out about sexual harassment and racial discrimination.