Deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance when they found the woman dead, KEYT-TV of Santa Barbara reported.
Authorities searched the property for the suspect, who then reportedly posed a threat when located. Multiple deputies opened fire, reports said.
Officials didn’t say if the woman had any relationship with Ely, but he is believed to be safe, according to KABC-TV of Los Angeles.
Ely, 81, is best known for playing Tarzan in the 1966-68 TV series of the same name. He also had recurring roles in shows like “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.”
It was unclear if Ely was in the house at the time of the slaying, but officials said a man was there, KABC reported.
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