UPDATE: Suspect Ricardo Chaney now a person of interest in the shooting death of former University of Oregon professor George Wasson, who was found dead in his home near hendricks Park early Wednesday morning.
CLEONE, Calif. -- Authorities say an Oregon man is suspected of shooting and killing a Northern California sheriff's deputy Wednesday before he fled and was later found dead in an apparent suicide.
Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino died late Wednesday afternoon in the shootout near Fort Bragg, California, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators named Ricardo Antonio Chaney, 32, as a suspect in the shooting.
Eugene Police linked Chaney to a carjacking in the Kinsrow area early Wednesday morning. Local California news outlets say the description of Chaney's stolen vehicle in the shooting matched that of a BMW stolen in Eugene.
The Eugene Police Department hasn't been able to confirm many details, however officials said the driver in the carjacking was unharmed.
Our NBC News affiliate in San Francisco said Deputy Fiorentino began working with Mendocino CSO in 1988. He spent 10 years with the Fort Bragg Police Department before he went back to the sheriff's office in 2000.
Police arrested Chaney in Eugene on Thursday, Mar. 6 after finding a modified AR-15, body armor and narcotics inside his car.
Officials say it was late that evening when two officers tracked a stolen cell phone to the Monroe Street Park area. Officials said the officers couldn't identify any stolen property in the vehicle and the owner, Ricardo Antonio Chaney, denied them the authority to search it.
Officers later stopped Chaney for a traffic violation and found he did not have vehicle insurance. Police impounded his vehicle, searching its contents. Officers reported finding several firearms, including what appeared to be a a modified AR-15 and body armor, located in the glove box and trunk of the vehicle.
Chaney was booked into the Lane County Jail at around 1 a.m. on March 6 for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of MDMA. He was released the same day at around 6:40 p.m.