A few days ago South Pasadena, California, Police shot Vanessa Marquez to death after she allegedly “armed herself” with a BB gun. However, local authorities are now defending the actions of the officers who killed the ER actress. She was 49.
On Saturday, city officials released a statement warning the public to not make rach judgments about the tragic incident until getting some sufficient evidence.
City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe said in the statement, "We believe our officers acted appropriately under a tragic set of circumstances".
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.
She further added, "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".
When PEOPLE contacted a spokesperson for the South Pasadena Police Department, he did not provide much information about the shooting; he even didn't say how many officers were involved in the firing.
Two separate investigations have currently been conducted into the late actress' death.
Vanessa, who appeared on the NBC medical drama as nurse Wendy Goldman for three seasons, was shot and killed by police on Thursday, August 30 following a welfare check at an apartment complex for someone “who was possibly suffering from a medical condition.”
According to a statement shared by sheriff’s department on Friday, August 31, South Pasadena officers found the ER star “having seizures” and “possibly suffering from mental health issues.”
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza, Vanessa armed herself with a BB gun, pointing it at the officers which caused them to open fire.
The actress was rushed to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. None of the officers were harmed in the incident.