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Former Portland Police Chief Charles Moose Has Died

PORTLAND, Ore. — Charles Moose, who was Portland’s first Black police chief and later known for his leadership role during the D.C. sniper attacks, died Thursday at his home, Montgomery County officials said.

The Montgomery County Police Department announced his passing on Facebook Friday morning.  In the post, they said Moose’s wife shared news of his passing.

Moose served as Portland Police Chief from 1993 to 1999 before becoming Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland from 1999 to 2003.  He gained national fame for his actions during 2002 DC sniper attacks.

“We are extremely saddened by the news announcing the passing of former Chief Charles Moose,” said Montgomery County’s Chief Marcus Jones.  “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.”

While working for Portland, Moose also taught at Portland State University, where he received a doctorate in urban studies and criminology. In all , Charles Moose dedicated 35 years of his life  to providing public safety.



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