The son of “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely killed his mother before he was shot and killed by deputies on Tuesday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, was stabbed to death at the home she shared with her husband by her 30-year-old son Cameron Ely, the sheriff’s department said.
Ron Ely was home at the time but was not hurt, however, he was taken to the hospital as a precaution, where he was evaluated and later released.
The incident began with a 911 call about a family dispute at the actor’s home in Hope Ranch, California, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies arrived at 8:15, they found Valerie Ely dead from multiple stab wounds, the sheriff’s office said.
Ron Ely identified a family member as the person who stabbed his wife before deputies searched the home and surrounding area for Cameron Ely. The deputies later located him outside the home and confronted him.
According to sheriff’s office, Cameron “posed a threat and in response 4 deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”
None of the deputies was injured, however, those involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, the sheriff’s office disclosed.
Ely, 81, is an actor and novelist best known for playing the lead character in the 1960s television series “Tarzan,” and for playing the lead role in “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”.
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