Movie and television actress Vanessa Marquez was fatally shot by police conducting a welfare check call in South Pasadena.
Marquez was best known for her roles in “Stand and Deliver” and “ER.”
She was shot on Thursday, police say she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers who were responding her residence in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue.
The weapon described as a replica semi-automatic handgun turned out to be a BB gun
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Deputy Viera confirmed on Friday that 49-year-old Vanessa Marquez was the woman shot by authorities.
The incident began around noon and lasted nearly two hours as South Pasadena police officers attempted to assist the 49-year-old actress with a possible medical condition, the Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release on Thursday.
While trying to help her, officers noticed she was possibly suffering from mental health issues and had become very uncooperative.
At about 1:48 p.m., investigators say Marquez armed herself and pointed the weapon at police and an officer involved shooting occurred.
Marquez was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The BB gun was recovered at the scene.
Pasadena’s city manager, Stephanie DeWolfe, issued a statement Friday afternoon, calling it a “very unfortunate and sad” incident.
“Our officers, along with a mental health professional, made every attempt to resolve the situation peacefully before the use of deadly force became necessary,” DeWolfe said. “We are a small, close-knit community and these types of incidents are very rare. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues
Report by Pete Andrews for MilneNews.com
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