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UPDATE: Suspect, victim in Santa Barbara homicide identified as 'Tarzan' actor's son, wife

Ron Ely, who portrayed Tarzan in the TV series in the 60s, was not harmed and is alive and well, a sheriff's office spokesman said.
Posted at 3:29 AM, Oct 16, 2019

UPDATE (2:43 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of a homicide in the Santa Barbara area Tuesday night as Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, wife of actor Ron Ely.

Sheriff's officials say she was stabbed multiple times.

The suspect was reportedly identified as the couple's son, Cameron Ely.

Deputies searched the home and surrounding area for the 30-year-old and found him outside the home, sheriff's officials say.

"He posed a threat and in response, four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him," according to a press release.

No deputies, whose names will reportedly be released at a later time, were injured.

Autopsies on both Valerie and Cameron Ely are pending.

The sheriff's office has not released any information on whether a possible motive has been determined.

ORIGINAL STORY: A woman was found dead at the California residence of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely and a suspect was killed in a shooting involving at least one sheriff's deputy Tuesday night, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department said.

Ely, who portrayed Tarzan in the TV series in the 1960s, was not injured and is alive and well, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Lt. Erik Raney said.

Deputies discovered the body of an older woman about 8:15 p.m. at the home in the Hope Ranch area of Santa Barbara County while responding to a family disturbance call, Raney said.

Deputies searched the area for a possible suspect, who was then killed in a deputy-involved shooting on the property, Raney said.

Officials had not released additional details early Wednesday and it was unclear what relationship either person had with Ely, if any.

A representative for Ely did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

NBC Los Angeles reported that the woman was fatally shot.

Raney did not immediately return a phone call seeking more details early Wednesday.