Charles Moose Death – Cause of Death: Author and police officer best known for his role as being the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend the D.C. snipers in October 2002, Charles Moose passed away at his home on Thursday, November 25. He was 68 years old.
“We are extremely saddened by the news announcing the passing of former Chief Charles Moose,” Montgomery County Police Department Chief Marcus Jones said.”He was a great leader and led our department through the DC Sniper investigation, one of the most difficult crime sprees in our country’s history. We send condolences to his wife Sandy and all of his family and friends.”
In 1993, Moose became the police chief of the Portland Police Bureau and served as the top law enforcement official for the city until 1999. During his time in Portland he also taught at Portland State University and was a member of the Oregon Air National Guard.
Chief Moose served Montgomery County from 1999-2003.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Chief Charles Moose last night, who led PPB in the 1990s,” Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said. “I feel connected to Chief Moose as he was the first African-American Chief, a champion of community policing and led the Bureau during challenging times. Chief Moose was a large presence and had a servant’s heart. On behalf of PPB, I extend our support to his wife, Sandy and his loved ones during this challenging time.”
“I remember what a scary time that was as John Allen Muhammad, then 41, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17 at the time, terrorized the nation’s capital for more than three weeks in the fall of 2002, killing 10 people in random in Montgomery County, Maryland,” Marilys Fernandez Gilbert shared. “People were afraid to pump gas or go to stores for fear they would be gunned down. It was police chief Moose’s calm and comforting presence that go us through such a terrible time. My sympathies to his family and friends. Thank you for your service.”