Court documents shed new light on murder and fire

Court documents shed new light on murder and fire »Play Video
The aftermath of the fire at George Wasson's home. He was found dead inside, the victim of gunshot wounds to the head. Ricardo Chaney, who later died in a shootout in California that killed a deputy, is the prime suspect in Wasson's death.

EUGENE, Ore. - Neighbors heard trouble before they saw it last month.

"Prior to the fire, the neighbors reported hearing a vehicle arrive in the vicinity and then leaving the vicinity. They also reported hearing an explosion," police wrote in a sworn affidavit on the March 19 murder of George Wasson and fire at his home.

Firefighters found Wasson dead inside his burning home and summoned police to the scene.

Detectives "went to the back glass door of the residence," police said in the affidavit. "The victim was sitting in a chair at the dining room table. He appeard to have two gunshot wounds on the right side of his head."

The discovery started an investigation that eventually revealed a deadly crime spree in two states. Investigators believe Ricardo Chaney shot and killed Wasson and set fire the home before carjacking a BMW from a Chinese exchange student.

Chaney drove to California, where he exchanged fire with a civilian before dying in a shootout without law enforcement that also killed Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino.

"George was always opening his door to anyone and everyone," Wasson's nephew John said Tuesday. "And I guess that's probably what got him killed in the end."