Vanessa Marquez's Mother Gets Settlement Almost 3 Years after Actress Was Fatally Shot by Cops

The city of South Pasadena has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Marquez's mother. Police officers shot and killed the "ER" actress during a health check.

In August, Marquez's mom Delia McElfresh filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles federal court against the city of South Pasadena, its former police chief, and numerous police officers.

According to the lawsuit, the actress's death was caused by police overreaction and helpless strategies. The mayor of South Pasadena, Diana Mahmud, expressed her dismay at any loss of life.

Vanessa Marquez as Nurse Wendy Goldman in the television series, "ER." Photo created in January 1995. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Marquez as Nurse Wendy Goldman in the television series, "ER." Photo created in January 1995. | Photo: Getty Images

Nonetheless, Mahmud said she can now formally report that the parties have reached a mutually agreeable settlement for $450,000 to avoid lengthy litigation.

On August 30, 2018, a welfare check at an apartment complex for somebody who was perhaps experiencing an ailment caused Marquez's demise. She was 49.

Vanessa Marquez as Nurse Wendy Goldman in the television series, "ER." Photo created in January 1995. | Photo: Getty Images

Vanessa Marquez as Nurse Wendy Goldman in the television series, "ER." Photo created in January 1995. | Photo: Getty Images

Police claimed they shot after Marquez pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the officers. She was having seizures and potentially experiencing emotional well-being issues, as South Pasadena said.

Police said Marquez's behavior became disobedient, and it seemed like she was incapable of care for herself, so authorities consulted a county mental health expert.

Following Marquez's demise, the city officials released a statement backing the actions of the cops.

After trying to help Marquez for about 90 minutes, she reportedly armed herself with a handgun and pointed it at the police, resulting in a shooting by the police officers.

Marquez was immediately taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead. A subsequent investigation revealed that Marquez had pointed a BB gun at the police at the time of her death. 

Following Marquez's demise, the city officials released a statement backing the actions of the cops. The City Manager, Stephanie DeWolfe, said the officers acted justly in tragic times.

In March of 2020, Los Angeles County's District Attorney decided to drop criminal charges against two of the officers associated with the shooting, saying that Marquez posed a danger to their security.

From 1994 to 1997, Marquez played nurse Wendy Goldman on "ER." She was Ana Delgado in the film "Stand and Deliver" and worked on television series "Malcolm & Eddie" and "Wiseguy."

In 2017, Marquez made headlines when she alleged that "ER" co-star George Clooney helped eliminate her from the series. However, Clooney denied her allegations.

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