Vanessa Marquez

Vanessa Marquez, the actress best known for her role as a nurse on the hit drama, “ER,” was shot and killed by South Pasadena police on Thursday while they were conducting a welfare check.

Via Variety:

Officers were called to Marquez’s home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue by a landlord to check on her welfare. When the officers arrived around 12 p.m., she was suffering from seizures and appeared unable to take care of herself.

Officers called out paramedics and a mental health clinician and continued to talk with her. After about 90 minutes, Marquez, 49, armed herself with a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, causing them to open fire, said Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.

South Pasadena, a municipality separate from neighboring Pasadena, is eight miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Mendoza told reporters that Marquez appeared to be going through “mental problems” and seemed to be “gravely disabled.”

Soooo, let me get this right – sis, was “gravely disabled,” suffered a seizure and was killed for pointing a BB gun at officers?!

Got it.

My condolences to Vanessa’s loved ones.

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