California – “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely’s wife was stabbed to death in their California home by their 30-year-old son, who was then shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, authorities say.
And police have just released footage of the moments that led up to his death.
“At 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at the home of actor Ron Ely,” the statement from California law enforcement officials began. “Upon arrival, deputies contacted Ron Ely and discovered his wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, deceased with multiple stab wounds inside the home. While on scene, deputies identified the suspect as the Elys’ son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely.”
“Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely,” the statement continued. “During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response 4 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 is conducting criminal, coroner’s, and administrative investigations of this incident. Autopsies of both the victim and the suspect are pending. The names of the involved deputies will be released at a later date.”
The deputies talked to Ron Ely and identified his son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, as the suspect, and found him outside the home in Hope Ranch, a suburb of luxury homes outside Santa Barbara, authorities said.
“The suspect told deputies that he had a gun, advanced towards the deputies, and motioned with his hands as if he were drawing a weapon,” the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement the day after the shooting.
The statement continued, “In response, four deputies fired a total of 24 rounds from their service weapons, fatally wounding the suspect. When deputies were able to safely approach Cameron using a ballistic shield, they found that he had feigned being armed and did not have a weapon.”
There was no report of Ron Ely being injured. Authorities confirmed he was at the home during the stabbing and the shooting, and an earlier sheriff’s statement said an elderly man in the home was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Cameron Ely called 911 and said it was his dad who was responsible for attacking his mother at the home.
“They say the father tried to attack the mother,” a female dispatcher is heard telling deputies.
“Someone defended someone and then they hung up. The male was out of breath, unintelligible and crying.”
When the dispatcher called back, it was answered by an elderly man with a “heavy speech impediment.” The first deputy to arrive at the scene said that the elderly actor “can’t even talk” because of apparent disabilities.
Ely told officers that his son had driven off after the murder. Deputies finally cornered him almost 90 minutes after the first alert.
New dashcam video shows the son of “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely was ordered to keep his hands in the air before he was shot dead by police. https://t.co/Jn17zKduHs
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 6, 2019
This is not the first deadly incident involving a celebrity and law enforcement officers in southern California.
Vanessa Marquez, an actress known for her regular appearance on the popular NBC television show “ER,” was shot and killed by police in South Pasadena on Thursday after she brandished a BB gun, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
Officers from the South Pasadena Police Department visited the actress’s apartment on Thursday to perform a welfare check on Marquez, 49. When they arrived, the officers said they noticed that she was suffering from seizures.
According to reports, Marquez became increasingly uncooperative as responding officers spoke to her. Moreover, they encouraged her to receive medical treatment for over an hour and a half, authorities said. She then brandished what appeared to be a handgun, and police shot her in response.
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The weapon turned out to be a BB gun and was “described as a replica semi-automatic handgun,” according to police.
A county mental health clinician had accompanied the South Pasadena officers to the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
“She was suffering from some problems, eating disorder,” Sgt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters, according to NBC News Los Angeles. “When they [officers] arrived, she was suffering a seizure.”
The L.A. County Sheriff’s office said that it is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
Marquez is most famous for appearing in a number of “ER” episodes over three seasons as the nurse Wendy Goldman. She also appeared in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver,” as well as episodes of “Seinfeld” and “Wiseguy” in the ’90s, according to IMDB. She was also featured in an early episode of the A&E show “Intervention” in which she discussed her compulsive shopping habits and other psychological ailments, reported NBC.
Less than a year ago, Marquez made headlines when she alleged that her “ER” co-star George Clooney had caused her to be blacklisted after she complained of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, according to Variety.
“Women who don’t play the game lose their career. I did,” she wrote. She alleged she was racially and sexually harassed on the set.
Clooney denied having her barred from the show, telling E! News he “had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted.”
“I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show,” he said. “I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor.”
On her Facebook profile, Marquez claimed that she was terminally ill, often suffered from seizures and had been diagnosed with celiac disease and osteoporosis.
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