Police say the wife of Tarzan actor Ron Elys was stabbed to death by their own son, and he was shot dead by responding officers at the scene.
Former Miss Florida Valerie Lundeen, 62, was found dead at the couple’s exclusive Hope Ranch property in Santa Barbara on Tuesday shortly after 8pm, according to sources.
On Wednesday evening the Sheriff’s Department confirmed that suspect 30-year-old Cameron Ely – Ron and Valerie’s son – was shot dead by officers that rushed to the family property.
Authorities say that Cameron posed a threat when they found him on the grounds of the home and four deputies then opened fire, according to TMZ.
Cameron reportedly called police after allegedly killing his mother, but blamed the attack on his 81-year-old disabled father.
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Police say that 62-year-old Valerie Lundeen (right), the wife of Tarzan actor Ron Elys, was stabbed to death by their own son Cameron Ely (left). She was found dead Tuesday night
Santa Barbara police said that an elderly woman has been killed at the house of 1960s Tarzan actor Ron Ely on Tuesday. The victim was later confirmed by sources to be his wife Valerie. Ron and Valerie pictured together above
Actor Ron Ely and wife Valerie Lundeen pictured above at the Third Annual Cathy’s Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic on June 25, 1977
In audio obtained by The Blast, the original caller to the emergency services was a young male who said his ‘father tried to attack the mother’.
The operator adds that when the authorities called back the caller sounded ‘out of breath, unintelligible and crying’.
Actor Ely, 81, has been reported as safe by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department.
On Wednesday afternoon Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office was seen removing two bodies from Ely’s home – Valerie’s and the male suspect’s.
Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and have three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland and Cameron.
The home in Hope Ranch was one of two addresses listed in public records for Cameron Ely but it’s not clear whether he had been living with his parents.
At first Lt. Erik Raney of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office told CNN Ely told police a relative was involved in the death.
A body bag is taken out of the home of Ron and Valerie Ely. The man suspected of murdering Valerie was shot and killed by a deputy at the scene at the exclusive Hope Ranch residential community along the Santa Barbara coast, where the couple lived
Cameron Ely attended Harvard University where joined in 2007 and played football as quarterback. His occupation as an adult is not clear. Pictured left in a Myspace post with his godfather Western actor Fess Parker
Ely, who is now 81, featured in a number of TV appearances during the 1960s but found his break playing the lead role in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan, pictured
Video courtesy of KEYT
Police first responded to the Santa Barbara home for a domestic disturbance call around 8.15pm Tuesday and found an elderly woman dead inside suffering stab wounds. Ron was found safe in the home.
Sheriff’s deputies searched the ranch grounds and found Cameron Ely hiding on the property. They said the male suspect ‘presented a threat’ and was armed. Video from the scene captured the moment four officers fired shots.
Cameron was shot dead at 9.40pm.
Raney said: ‘We wanted to make sure all the residents were safe while we searched the area.
‘We had initially called in the air support unit and neighboring law enforcement agencies to come help in the search and when we were able to locate the suspect on the property of the homicide, and after the confrontation, we lifted the shelter in place. We don’t believe there is any further threat to the public.’
Officers at the scene Wednesday. Police said the suspect was armed and presented as a threat. Video from the scene captured the moment police fired shots
A wheelchair, a toilet aid and a bag containing clothes is taken into Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital where Ron Ely is believed to be staying after his wife, Valerie Lundeen was stabbed to death by their son Cameron
On Wednesday a wheelchair and other items were seen being taken to Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital where Ron Elyn is believed to be staying after his wife was killed
Authorities are yet to confirm the connection between Ely, his wife Valerie and the dead suspect. It is not known if Ely was home at the time at the time of the shooting, but authorities reported a disabled elderly man at the property
The couple’s home in Hope Ranch. The suspect was found hiding during a search of the house
Raney added: ‘We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired. We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting. Fortunately all of our deputies are OK.’
No deputies were hurt in the incident.
Ely featured in a number of TV appearances during the 1960s but found his break playing the lead role in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan.
He also played the title role in 1975 movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
As well as a career studded with occasional parts on TV, Ely hosted the Miss America pageant between 1979 and 1981. He retired from acting in 2001 but did return for a part in a TV movie called Expecting Amish in 2014.
The famed actor said he finished with his on-screen career to spend time with his kids.
Cameron Ely attended Harvard University where joined in 2007 and played football as quarterback. He attended high school at Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, which was hailed as the ‘best boarding school in America’ back in 2014 by Business Insider.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for the Ely family and Santa Barbara police for comment.
Police say that Valerie Lundeen (second right), the wife of Tarzan actor Ron Elys (second left), was stabbed to death by their own son Cameron Ely (far left). They pose above with the couple’s son-in-law Jason (third from left), daughter Kaitland (third from right) and daughter Kirsten (far right) in 2016
Actor Ron Ely and family attend Second Annual Toys for Tots Benefit on December 19, 1992 at Hancock Park in Los Angeles, California
Ely’s wife Valerie pictured with daughters Kirsten and Kaitland. Deputies responded to a family disturbance call to discover the body of an older woman at around 8.15 pm on Tuesday
Musclebound Tarzan who did his own stunts and won the hearts of baby-boomers
Ron Ely, 81, played the title character on the NBC series Tarzan, which ran from 1966 to 1968.
The tall, musclebound actor was not quite as well-known as Johnny Weismuller, the Olympic swimmer who played Tarzan, the character created by novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, in movies in the 1930s and 1940s.
But Ely formed the image of the shirtless, loincloth-wearing character remembered by many in the baby-boom generation.
Ely said in interviews that he did his own stunts on the show, working directly and precariously with the tigers, chimps and other wild animals that were Tarzan’s friends and servants.Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001.
Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. He is pictured here in December 1987
Ely’s Tarzan didn’t speak in the monosyllabic grunts often associated with the character. He was instead an educated bachelor who had grown sick of civilization and had returned to African jungle where he was raised.
Ely also played the title character in the 1975 action film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, but otherwise had mostly small roles in TV and films including the 1958 movie musical South Pacific.
He was host of the Miss America pageant in 1980 and 1981 and later married Valerie Ely, a former Miss Florida. The couple had three children.
Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. But he returned briefly in 2014 in the TV movie Expecting Amish.