Northern California sheriff’s deputy fatally shot

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CLEONE, Calif. (AP) — Police are trying to determine the motive of an Oregon man who went on a violent crime spree that included a carjacking and the death of a Northern California sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities say Mendocino County sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino died on Wednesday when the suspect, Ricardo Chaney, shot up the deputy’s vehicle.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says Cheney opened fire on Del Fiorentino with an AK-47.

Chaney was later shot and killed while exchanging gunfire with another police officer.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports two people who were carjacked in Eugene, Ore., have not yet been found.

A worker at the Confusion Hill tourist attraction on California’s Highway 101 says he exchanged gunfire with a man identified as Chaney after finding him urinating outside a bathroom. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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