The deputies who shot and killed the son of “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely outside of his family’s Hope Ranch Home last year will not face charges.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley made the announcement Tuesday, deeming the deadly confrontation on Oct. 15, 2019 a “justifiable homicide.” Authorities responded to the luxury estate in Santa Barbara County around 8:15 p.m. that night to find Ely’s 62-year-old wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, suffering from multiple stab wounds.
She was pronounced dead at the home about a half-hour later.
The actor’s son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, initially tried to blame the attack on his father but authorities have since said he was the one who stabbed his mother.
According to a detailed analysis of the shooting released by Joyce’s office, the district attorney concluded the officers were justified in fearing for their lives, USA Today reported. Her investigation also similarly determined Cameron was the person that murdered his mother.
“When (Cameron) disobeyed verbal commands by deputies, sprang to his feet and moved his hands to his waistband as if grabbing a weapon while saying, ‘I have a gun!’ shortly after killing his mother, his actions created a reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury in the minds of (the four deputies),” the report concluded.
The report further stated that “each of the deputies acted reasonably in his/her use of deadly force; therefore, the shooting of Cameron Pierce Ely is a justifiable homicide.”
The report comes after the former “Tarzan” star and his two daughters filed a wrongful-death suit against the officers and the county of Santa Barbara, alleging civil-rights violations in connection with the “unjustified use of deadly force and denial of medical care, resulting in the deaths of Cameron Ely and Valerie Lundeen Ely.” (NY Daily)