Vanessa Marquez, who was best known for her role as Wendy Goldman on the NBC medical drama ER between 1994 and 1997, has died after being shot by police.
South Pasadena police officers opened fire while they were performing a welfare check on the former 49-year-old actress star on Thursday afternoon.
Her landlord had called the authorities over worried for her wellbeing.
For 90 minutes, three officers and a mental health care worker attempted to give aid to Vanessa, who was reportedly “extremely uncooperative”.
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According to reports, she then pointed what police claimed looked like a semiautomatic handgun.
Officers then open fired on the actress, who was struck at least once in the torso, The South Pasadenan reported.
She was rushed to hospital, but later died from her injuries.
Police later confirmed Vanessa’s gun was just a replica when it was later seized from her home.
They said they had been to the actress’ home on many occasions in the past, KABC reported.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau has launched an investigation into her death.
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