Former 'ER' star Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police after she allegedly pointed a replica handgun at officers
Last year, the actress had publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and director George Clooney of blacklisting her after she spoke out about alleged harassment on the set of 'ER'
Former 'ER' star Vanessa Marquez was shot dead by police after she allegedly threatened officers with a realistic looking replica handgun in California on Thursday. Earlier in the day, police were summoned by her landlord to perform a welfare check on the 49-year-old after she started having seizures.
The incident began when the South Pasadena Police officers responded to a call from the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue where a 49-year-old woman was suffering from seizures. Lt Joe Mendoza, who is the Sheriff's homicide bureau, said that the woman was later identified by sources as Marquez. Three officers as well as a mental health worker were called to the scene and attempted to provide aid for around 90 minutes during which time Marquez was "extremely uncooperative".
According to the police, at around 2 pm, the woman allegedly grabbed what seemed like a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at officers and they responded by opening fire on her.
As reported by the South Pasadenan, the 'Stand and Deliver' actress was hit at least once in the torso before being taken to hospital where she died of her injuries. Lt. Medoza revealed that the woman's gun was seized from the house but it turned out that the gun was only a replica of a semi-automatic gun.
KABC reported that the police had been to Marquez's house on several occasions in the past and were summoned there on Thursday by Marquez's landlord who was concerned for her well-being. An investigation has been launched into the officer-involved shooting by the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.
It’s a sad day for #TCMParty as an original member of the group died tragically yesterday. My deepest condolences to all who knew her & those who were closest to Vanessa Marquez in our community, @mercurie80 @Paula_Guthat I can’t quite grasp how this could have happened. pic.twitter.com/BBnW78bqWf— Aurora (@CitizenScreen) August 31, 2018
Marquez is best known for her role as nurse Wendy Goldman on NBC's drama 'ER' which starred George Clooney in the years 1994-1997.
Last year, the actress had publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and director George Clooney of blacklisting her after she spoke out about alleged harassment on the set of ER, including being subjected to racist and sexist remarks.
However, Clooney responded by insisting that he had no idea Marquez had been blacklisted and had played no part in it.