Tarzan actor Ron Ely’s wife has been stabbed to death by the couple’s son, who police subsequently shot and killed. Valerie Lundeen, a former Miss Florida pageant winner, was found dead at the couple’s Hope Ranch property in Santa Barbara on Tuesday evening. It was later confirmed on Wednesday by the local police department that the suspect was 30-year-old Cameron Ely – Ron and Valerie’s son. Cameron had been shot dead by officers on the scene.
Cameron posed a threat when they found him on the grounds of his parents’ home and as a result, four deputies opened fire,’ according to TMZ. The police dispatch audio, as released by The Blast, alleges that Cameron called police.
He said that his father had attempted to attack his mother. The call was disconnected, and when the operator called back they told police that the caller sounded ‘out of breath, unintelligible and crying’.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, Lieutenant Erik Raney, said: ‘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.’
Ely is best known for having portrayed Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan and for playing the lead role in the film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. He hosted the Miss America pageant in 1981 and 1982, and married Valerie in 1984. They had three children: Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron, 30.