EUGENE, Ore.—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.


Information from: The Register-Guard,