By SM.01 Sep, 2018
LOS ANGELES, USA: Vanessa Marquez, an actress who had a recurring role in the hit TV series "ER", was fatally shot by police as she waved what turned out to be a BB gun, authorities said 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 Marquez grabbed what looked like a handgun and pointed it at officers, said Sergeant Joe Mendoza, of the LA Sheriff"s Department.
He said after the incident "officers checked the weapon and they discovered it was a BB-type gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun."
Mendoza said Marquez"s landlord had called police to check on her and when officers arrived she appeared to be having a seizure.
He said the officers and a mental health clinician spoke with Marquez "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," he said.
Paramedics treated Marquez, who improved and began talking with three officers and a mental health clinician, who spent an hour and a half trying to talk her into getting additional medical help, Lt Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff"s Department, said.
According to police, Marquez became uncooperative and at some point pointed what turned out to be a BB gun at the officers, prompting two of them to shoot.
The officers were wearing body cameras but footage won"t be released for at least six months pending the investigation, Mendoza said.
Close friend of Marquez Terence Towles Canote said the actress was having health and financial problems, but that she showed no signs of depression.
She was hopeful for a career comeback despite her medical struggles, he said.
"She was looking forward to life," Canote said. "This is not a woman who wanted to die."
Marquez posted extensively on Facebook and in other outlets about her health problems, saying she was terminally ill and had seizures and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestine with the ingestion of gluten.
Marquez played nurse Wendy Goldman on "ER" from 1994 to 1997 and also appeared on several other shows including "Seinfeld" and Melrose Place."
The ER actress who claimed George Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood has been shot and killed by police in Southern California.
Clooney issued a statement at the time denying he had anything to do with casting decisions.
"I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show," he said. "I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor."
Police say Vanessa Marquez, 49, she pointed a replica handgun at them during a welfare check.
She died at a hospital following Thursday"s shooting at her apartment in South Pasadena, just outside Los Angeles, police said.
Marquez also appeared on episodes of Seinfeld, Melrose Place and Malcolm & Eddie but her career largely fizzled after ER.
One of her posts talked about being grateful to be a part of Stand and Deliver, a 1988 film about a math teacher who motivated struggling students at a tough East Los Angeles high school.
"If you"re truly fortunate, you get to live your dream and do the work you were put on this Earth to do," she wrote. "If you"re really, really fortunate you do a film that makes history and affects the lives of millions of people ... It will live on long after we"re gone."