Los Angeles: Tarzan actor Ron Ely’s wife Valerie Lundeen was stabbed to death by her son who was later fatally shot by the police, the authorities said here Wednesday night.
Officers responded to a 911 call from Ron Ely’s house in the Hope Ranch locality. When they arrived they found Lundeen, 62, dead with ‘multiple stab wounds’.
After identifying Ely’s son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, as the suspect, the police started a search for him.
Cameron, located at the home, posed a threat to the officer and in response ‘four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him. No deputies were injured during the confrontation with the suspect’, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
According to ‘CNN’, Ron Ely was taken to the hospital as a precaution, where he was evaluated and later released.
The actor is best known for the titular character on the NBC series Tarzan, which ran from 1966 to 1968. He also played the lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
Ron Ely married Valerie Lundeen, a former Miss Florida, in 1984. The couple had three children – Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron.