The son of “Tarzan” star Ron Ely was unarmed when he was shot dead by four cops who suspected him of murdering his mother, authorities have revealed.
Cameron Ely, 30, died in a hail of 24 rounds fired by four deputies responding to the brutal stabbing death of his mother, Valerie Lundeen, at their Santa Barbara home on Oct. 15, officials say.
The officers insist Ely “feigned” having a gun — though he was actually unarmed when shot dead just outside the family home in the exclusive Hope Ranch community, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department said Tuesday.
“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 department said in a release.
“In response, four deputies fired a total of 24 rounds from their service weapons, fatally wounding the suspect.
“When deputies were able to safely approached Cameron using a ballistic shield, they found that he had feigned being armed and did not have a weapon.”
The four officers involved in the shooting have 42 years of experience between them.
Ely had tried to blame the murder of his mom on his 81-year-old dad, the actor best known for playing “Tarzan” in the 60s’ TV show, according to previously-released audio of 911 calls.
The aging actor told officers his son had driven off after the killing, with them cornering him almost 90 minutes after the first alert.
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