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Moment cops gunned down Tarzan actor Ron Ely’s son after he stabbed beauty queen mother to death


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A barrage of gunshots and then a deathly silence: this is the moment that Tarzan actor Ron Ely’s son was gunned down by cops – just after he stabbed his beauty queen mother to death.

The footage, which was obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, shows the moment cops arrived at the actor’s Santa Barbara home and ordered his son Cameron to put his hands up.

Seconds later, police are heard telling the Harvard-educated quarterback not to reach for anything before shots are fired.

A police officer can then be heard shouting ‘he’s still moving’ followed by repeated orders for the 30-year-old to show them his right hand.

Cameron stabbed his mother Valerie Lundeen, 62, to death following an altercation on the evening of October 16.

Police arrive at the house of Ron Ely after his son Cameron had killed his mother Valerie Lundeen following an altercation at their home in Santa Barbara in October

Cameron Ely

Harvard-educated quarterback Cameron Ely was told by cops not to reach for anything before shots are fired

Harvard-educated quarterback Cameron Ely (left and right) was told by cops not to reach for anything before shots are fired

In the dashcam footage, a police officer can be heard shouting 'he's still moving' followed by repeated orders for Cameron to show them his right hand

In the dashcam footage, a police officer can be heard shouting ‘he’s still moving’ followed by repeated orders for Cameron to show them his right hand

When police arrived, they found the licensed security guard hiding in the house and opened fire following the brief exchange heard on the video.

His elderly father Ely, 81, who played the title character on the NBC series Tarzan in the 1960s, had identified him as the suspect to authorities.

The dashcam video, which runs for five minutes in total, then shows more police cars arriving at the Elys’ luxury Hope Ranch property.

In the background, officers can be heard asking Cameron to move his right hand and repeatedly demanding: ‘Can you hear me?’.

Cameron himself is inaudible but the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department told DailyMail.com that they are currently attempting to enhance the sound to obtain the 30-year-old’s responses.

In October, the Department said Cameron, who was ultimately found to have been unarmed, had told deputies he had a weapon and made motions as if he was drawing a gun.

Ron Ely is seen for the first time since the death of his wife and son. He was was spotted leaving his daughter's home on Thanksgiving morning

Ron Ely is seen for the first time since the death of his wife and son. He was was spotted leaving his daughter’s home on Thanksgiving morning

(Left to right) Cameron Ely, Ron Ely, Jason (husband of Kaitland), Kaitland Ely, Valerie Lundeen Ely, Kirsten Ely in 2016

(Left to right) Cameron Ely, Ron Ely, Jason (husband of Kaitland), Kaitland Ely, Valerie Lundeen Ely, Kirsten Ely in 2016

Cameron Ely attended Harvard University, joining in 2007, and played football as quarterback. He was working as a security guard and had recently moved back in with his parents

Cameron Ely attended Harvard University, joining in 2007, and played football as quarterback. He was working as a security guard and had recently moved back in with his parents

In a statement released on October 30, a spokesman said: ‘In response, four deputies fired a total of 24 rounds from their service weapons, fatally wounding the suspect’.

Both Cameron and his mother were pronounced dead at the scene, with their bodies pictured being removed by the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office the following day.

Ely was not hurt during the altercation but was taken for an evaluation at a nearby hospital before being released the following day.

The elderly actor has not returned to the $4.8m property since the tragic deaths of his wife and son. 

Instead, he is understood to be living with his daughter Kaitland and son-in-law Jason at their home in Los Alamos, California.

Former Miss Florida Lundeen and Ely had been married for 35 years and had three children together: Cameron, Kaitland and Kirstin.

When the couple met, Ely was at the height of his fame – known for hosting the Miss America pageant and playing the title character in Doc Savage as well as for Tarzan.

At the time of her death, Lundeen and Ely were living in quiet retirement at their luxury home which boasts its own tennis court and swimming pool.

Cameron, who had benefited from a Harvard education but was working as a security guard, had recently moved back in with them.

The Elys' luxury Hope Ranch property in Santa Barbara where their son Cameron shot dead his mother Valerie Lundeen

The Elys’ luxury Hope Ranch property in Santa Barbara where their son Cameron shot dead his mother Valerie Lundeen

The couple's home in Hope Ranch. The suspect, Cameron, was found hiding during a search of the house by police

The couple’s home in Hope Ranch. The suspect, Cameron, was found hiding during a search of the house by police 

Actor Ron Ely and wife Valerie Lundeen pictured above at the Third Annual Cathy's Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic on June 25, 1977

Actor Ron Ely and wife Valerie Lundeen pictured above at the Third Annual Cathy’s Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic on June 25, 1977

He was the first to call police on the night of the killings, placing a 911 call at approximately 8pm.

In audio obtained by the Blast, the operator can be heard saying he had spoken to 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’.

In a subsequent call, Ely identified his wife’s killer as his son. Responding officers found Cameron hiding in the grounds and shot him dead at approximately 9.40pm.

Ely has not appeared in public since the deaths but was seen looking frail as he left his daughter’s home for a brief outing on Thanksgiving Day last week.

The 81-year-old appeared in a number of TV shows during the 1960s but got his big break playing the lead role in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan.

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 more time with his kids.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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