Hollywood actress, Vanessa Marquez was shot dead by the police for pointing a toy gun at them. Marquez, aged 49 played a recurring character in the popular TV series 'ER' that aired from 1994 to 1997.
The police had come to check on Marquez in Los Angeles after her landlord called them up. She was reportedly having a seizure at the time the police arrived. After an hour and a half of trying to provide her with medical care, Marquez suddenly pointed, what seemed like a handmade gun at them.
The officer involved shot Marquez fatally. It was only after the incident, the police figured out that the gun was, in fact, a BB gun that resembled a handgun.