“Tarzan” star Ron Ely is suing a California sheriff’s department for fatally shooting his son when he had his hands up — and for allegedly leaving the actor’s stabbed wife to bleed to death without medical help.
In his federal lawsuit against Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Ely claimed the deadly fight at his home last October began with his son calling 911 when the aging actor was attacked by his wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely.
Responding deputies then found the star’s wife “suffering from several stab wounds,” including to the chest with “obvious injury to her lung.”
“Despite the obvious need for medical care, deputies actively denied medical personnel access to her when they arrived on the scene,” claimed the lawsuit, which also named four officers as defendants.
“Decedent Valerie was left on the floor without any medical treatment or care … for over 30 minutes,” the suit said. “Mrs. Ely died before she was provided any medical treatment whatsoever.”
When officers later cornered Ely’s son Cameron — the suspect for the stabbing — he had his hands up and was “unarmed, suffering from severe injuries, and obviously not posing a threat to anyone,” the suit said.
Officers then “deliberately, purposefully, and without warning opened fire” — hitting the actor’s 30-year-old son 22 times.
“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,” the documents said.
“Decedent Cameron was left to bleed out in the driveway for over thirteen minutes before medics were permitted to assess him,” the lawsuit claimed. Officers then discovered that Cameron had also been “stabbed multiple times” in the earlier fight.
The lawsuit, filed by Ely and his daughter Kirsten, seeks unspecified damages for a slew of claims including wrongful death, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“The reprehensible conduct of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department Deputies was egregious, entirely unreasonable, and, accordingly, unconstitutional,” the lawsuit claimed.
The sheriff’s department told the Santa Barbara Independent that it could not comment on “pending litigation.”
The District Attorney’s office told the site that a final report on the incident investigation was expected in the coming weeks.
The post ‘Tarzan’ star Ron Ely sues sheriff’s department over son and wife’s deaths appeared first on New York Post.