Woman Found Dead, Suspect Killed By Deputies At ‘Tarzan’ Actor’s California Home

Deputies responding to the home of 81-year-old actor Ron Ely after reports of a family disturbance encountered an armed suspect and opened fire.

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An elderly woman was found dead at the home of “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely and a suspect was killed by law enforcement officers responding to a call about a family disturbance.

Ely, who is best known for this portrayal of the title role in the 1960s television show “Tarzan," was not harmed in the incident, NBC News reports.

Lt. Erik Raney of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office told local station KEYT that deputies were called to the actor’s home in Hope Ranch Tuesday night after receiving reports that there was a family disturbance in the home.

When they arrived, they found an elderly woman dead.

As they were searching the property, they found an armed suspect that Raney said was posing a threat to officers. The suspect was shot and killed in a hail of bullets overheard by local news crews on the scene.

“We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired,” Raney said. “We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting. Fortunately, all of our deputies are OK.”

Authorities have not announced the identity of either of those killed at the home or whether they had any connection to the Hollywood actor.

The incident is being described as a domestic disturbance, KABC reports.

Authorities have said there was a disabled elderly man inside the home at the time of the shooting but declined to say whether that man was Ely, KEYT reports. The elderly man was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Authorities did say that Ely, who is now 81, was alive and well.

In addition to his role in “Tarzan” which aired from 1966 to 1968, Ely also had recurring or guest roles on “The Love Boat,” “Wonder Woman” and “Fantasy Island,” according to IMDb.

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