Vanessa Marquez, an on-screen character who had a repeating part in the hit TV arrangement “ER,” was lethally shot by police as she waved what ended up being a BB weapon, experts said on Friday.
Officers had gone to her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena on Thursday to direct a welfare check when the 49-year-old Vanessa Marquez snatched what resembled a handgun and pointed it at officers, said Sergeant Joe Mendoza, of the LA Sheriff’s Department.
He said after the occurrence “officers checked the weapon and they found it was a BB-type firearm that looked like a self-loader handgun.”
Mendoza said Vanessa Marquez’s landowner had called police to keep an eye on her and when officers arrived she gave off an impression of being having a seizure.
He said the officers and an emotional wellness clinician talked with Vanessa Marquez “for over 90 minutes trying to offer her restorative care.”
“She at that point furnished herself with a handgun and pointed it at the officers, at which time an officer-included shooting happened,” he said.
Vanessa Marquez played medical caretaker Wendy Goldman on “ER” from 1994 to 1997 and furthermore showed up on a few different shows including “Seinfeld” and Melrose Place.”
A year ago, she stood out as truly newsworthy in the wake of denouncing “ER” co-star George Clooney of boycotting her from the hit appear for standing up about inappropriate behavior and racial separation.
George Clooney issued an announcement at the time denying he had anything to do with throwing choices.
“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.”