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Sniper Shootings Are Life-Changing Experience For N.C. Native

Posted November 6, 2003

— The man who helped put the Washington, D.C. sniper suspects behind bars is in the Triangle talking about the case and his new book, "Three Weeks In October."

Charles Moose was the Montgomery County police chief when the sniper shootings began in October 2002. The North Carolina native said the sniper case is one that will be discussed for years to come. It is also the case that could define his 28 years of police work.

Moose was the face of the investigation. He said when suspects John Muhammad and Lee Malvo were captured, the relief was bittersweet.

"Mostly it was just an opportunity to smile again, but at the same time, the sadness that the victims, for no reason, their lives changed forever," he said.

Moose's life changed, too. He resigned his post after ethical questions were raised about the book he wrote about the three weeks in October.

He told an audience at North Carolina State University Wednesday he thought of fighting to keep his job, but decided to leave police work.

"The reality is it ultimately became easier to no longer be the police chief and proceed with the book project," he said.

Moose said the book is a reminder of the case that changed him professionally and personally.

"The three weeks in October clearly helped me define how special life is," he said.

Moose said he has not been called to testify in the trial of John Muhammad. He was not there during the capture and he did not interrogate Muhammad. But he is prepared to testify if he gets the call.

Thursday, Moose will speak at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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