South Pasadena City Officials Urge Patience With Investigations into Police Shooting Death of Former ‘ER’ Actress

Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney will independently examine Aug. 30 incident

Published : Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 12:31 PM

Investigators at the scene of the South Pasadena Police shooting in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue on August 30, 2018. Photo courtesy the SouthPasadenan.com

South Pasadena City leaders said Saturday they welcome the two separate, independent investigations being conducted by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office into the police officer-involved shooting on August 30 of Vanessa Marquez, 49, an actress best known for her recurring role as a nurse on the NBC drama “ER.”

The officials cautioned against making preliminary judgments about the incident.

Vanessa Marquez played Nurse Wendy Goldman on “ER.” (Courtesy of NBC)

“We believe our officers acted appropriately under a tragic set of circumstances,” said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “We are asking the public to respect the investigative process and allow the Sheriff’s Department and D.A.’s office to gather and release the facts.”

The City is working closely and willingly with the investigating agencies, DeWolfe said.

“We look forward to hearing the results of the investigation,” DeWolfe said. “In the meantime, we are asking the public to be patient and wait until the facts of the case are confirmed before making judgments about the incident.”

The Sheriff’s Department is the lead agency on the case and will be coordinating the release of all public information concerning the August 30 shooting.

The public is encouraged to visit the Sheriff’s Department website for an official account of the incident along with ongoing updates at this link.

DeWolfe, on behalf of the City Council, expressed condolences for all those affected by the tragedy.

“It is very unfortunate and sad that the August 30 incident involving one of our residents, Vanessa Marquez, ended tragically with the loss of her life. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues and fans during this difficult time.”

DeWolfe also reiterated the City’s support for the police officers involved.

“We support our officers and stand by them during this investigation. We believe the facts will show that our officers, along with a mental health professional, made every attempt to resolve the situation peacefully before the use of deadly force became necessary.”

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