Tarzan actor Ron Ely is suing Santa Barbara sheriff’s office over the death of his son and wife at the family's California home.
Cameron Ely, 30, stabbed his mom, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, multiple times, killing her in October last year, authorities say. No motive for the slaying has been released.
Now former star Ron, 81, is said to be suing police and the city of Santa Barbara for wrongful death and unspecified damages, TMZ reports.
He says unarmed Cameron was surrendering when he was shot 22 times by officers; the lawsuit argued Valerie was left to die by deputies who failed to check if she was still alive and took 30 minutes to get medical help.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department had said four deputies fired 24 rounds at Cameron after the 30-year-old told deputies he was armed and made motions like he was drawing a weapon. He was shot outside his father’s home in Hope Ranch, a suburb of luxury homes outside Santa Barbara.
Three of the deputies who fired on Cameron Ely have more than 12 years of experience apiece; the other deputy has two years of law enforcement experience.
Now Ron, who played the lead role in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan, says audio from the night appears to contradict what police said about his son, The Santa Barbara Independent reports.
Tarzan actor Ron Ely is suing Santa Barbara sheriff’s office over the death of his son and wife at the family's California home. The couple are pictured
Cameron Ely, 30, pictured, stabbed his mom, Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, multiple times, killing her in October last year, authorities say
The civil claim, filed in July, states: 'The reprehensible conduct of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department Deputies was egregious, entirely unreasonable, and, accordingly, unconstitutional.
'Defendant Deputies did not know, and failed to check, if Decedent Valerie was alive when they arrived.
'Suddenly, and without any warning or legal justification, multiple Defendant Deputies opened fire on Decedent Cameron, striking him a total of 22 times with bullets from several department issued weapons.
'The shooting occurred less than 20 seconds after Defendant Deputies saw Decedent Cameron walk around the corner with his hands up, the universal act of surrender.'
It adds: 'Decedent Cameron was unarmed, nonviolent, and acting calmly during the entirety of the short encounter.
'He did not make any aggressive movements or furtive gestures nor did he utter any threats which would have led a reasonable Sheriff’s deputy to believe that he posed a risk of death or serious bodily injury to anyone.'
The sheriff's office and the city have not commented.
Footage, which was obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, shows the moment cops arrived at the actor's Santa Barbara home and ordered 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.
Cameron, who had benefited from a Harvard education but was working as a security guard, had recently moved back hime, pictured, with his parents
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.
Cameron, who had benefited from a Harvard education but was working as a security guard, had recently moved back in with his parents.
He was the first to call police on the night of the killings, placing a 911