Ore. police check for Chaney links to other crimes

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Updated: 3/26/2014 6:36 am

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police in Eugene, Ore., say they're checking several recent, unsolved crimes for possible links to a man suspected in a day-long crime spree that killed a Northern California sheriff's deputy and an elderly Eugene man.

Authorities say Ricardo Chaney was killed in a March 19 shootout with a Fort Bragg, Calif., police officer.

The Register-Guard reports Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said Tuesday that one case under review is a March 11 armed robbery at an adult shop. An armed man fled after stealing cash.

McLaughlin said other, unspecified crimes are getting a fresh look as well.

Police believe the violence started in Eugene with the fatal shooting of a 79-year-old retired University of Oregon anthropology instructor. The police spokeswoman has said Chaney knew George Wasson's family.

Police say Chaney carjacked a BMW and headed for California, where authorities believe he fatally shot Mendocino County Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino before being killed by another officer.

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