Valerie Lundeen, the wife of Tarzan actor Ron Ely was stabbed to death at their Santa Barbara home on Tuesday night Oct. 15.
NBC News report that police responded to a family disturbance call and discovered the woman’s body at about 8:15 p.m. local time.
Lt. Erik Raney of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office told CNN the woman was stabbed to death.
According to Raney, deputies searched the property and found the suspect.
When the suspect “presented a threat” to the deputies, they fired at him.
He said: ‘We wanted to make sure all the residents were safe while we searched the area.
‘We had initially called in the air support unit and neighboring law enforcement agencies to come help in the search and when we were able to locate the suspect on the property of the homicide, and after the confrontation, we lifted the shelter in place. We don’t believe there is any further threat to the public.’
Raney added: ‘We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired. We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting.
No deputies were injured in the incident, and those involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave amid the investigation.’
Lundeen was a former Miss Florida USA, taking the title in 1981. The couple had been married for 35 years and she and Ely had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron.