The wife of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely was found dead at their California home Tuesday evening after being attacked by the couple's son, according to officials.
Police arrived to the home after Ron Ely, 81, found his wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, with multiple stab wounds, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the couple's 30 year old son Cameron Ely in the area and identified him as a suspect.
"He posed a threat and in response, 4 deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him," officials said in a release Wednesday.
Ron Ely was not injured, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Lt. Erik Raney said.
Ely is best known for his role in "Tarzan," the TV series which aired on NBC between 1966-68.
Tarzan was a fictional character raised by apes in the African jungle, from a 1914 book by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Ely also played the lead role in the 1975 film "Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze."
Lundeen was a former Miss Florida.
The couple also have two daughters, Kirsten and Kaitland.
According to U.S. media, Cameron Ely attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy boarding school in New Hampshire, before going to Harvard University.
Ron Ely took a break from showbiz from 2001 to 2014 before he returned to the small screen to play an Amish elder in the Lifetime movie "Expecting Amish."
He told the Charlotte Observer when the film came out he "stepped out of acting to raise a family and be able to spend more time with them" at home in Santa Barbara.
"Now, all the kids are through college with advance degrees," he said at the time.
The actor was also a novelist, penning two action thrillers, "Night Shadows," in 1994 and "East Beach," a year later.
A representative for Ely did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.
The home is listed for sale on multiple real estate sites at $4.9 million.