South Pasadena Police Officers Shoot and Kill Disabled Woman Who Reportedly Pointed Handgun at Them

Published : Friday, August 31, 2018 | 5:56 AM

On August 30, 2018 at about 1:49 pm, South Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1100 Block of Fremont Avenue for a welfare check. During the course of investigation, a confrontation with a woman ensued and an officer involved shooting occurred. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting the investigation. Image courtesy the

[Editor’s note: The Daily Mail, quoting the and Twitter, is reporting Friday morning that the woman who died was former ER television star actress Vanessa Marquez. Neither law enforcement nor coroner’s officials have yet confirmed this is accurate.]


A welfare check by the South Pasadena Police Department Thursday turned fatal when the distraught and disabled woman officers were checking on allegedly pulled out a “BB-type” gun, causing an officer to open fire in response, according to police.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Police have only described the victim as a 49-year-old Hispanic woman.

The victim was shot at least once in the torso and treated briefly at the home in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue before being rushed to a local hospital, according to police.

Police said she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Lt. Joe Mendoza, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide bureau, described the incident to reporters during a 5 p.m. Thursday press conference. He said officers were called to the scene by a landlord who reported that the woman was in some kind of trouble.

Police said they had been called to the woman’s residence in the past for help.

“At the time [of the shooting] there was an L.A. County mental health clinician here with the officers,” Mendoza said. “They began to communicate with her, she became very uncooperative and during that contact she armed herself with a handgun, she pointed it at the officers and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings that occur in cities within Los Angeles County.

Police said the shooting unfolded shortly before 2 p.m., inside the two-story, Craftsman-style home. Police said the home was divided into three apartments and the victim lived in one of the units.

Mendoza said they later recovered a BB-style gun that “resembled a semi-automatic handgun.”

Mendoza said the woman “was undergoing some medical problems, some seizures, it appeared that the female was gravely disabled.”

He added: “I don’t have any more specific details due to the fact that officers have not been interviewed as of this time.”

When asked, Mendoza could not recall when the last officer-involved shooting occurred in South Pasadena, a small town known for its award-winning schools, safe streets, and historic properties.

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