The city's first Black chief later headed the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland.

COURTEY PHOTO: CITY OF PORTLAND - Charles Moose when he was Portland police chief.Charles Moose, who was Portland's first Black police chief and later known for his role in the Washington, D.C., sniper attacks, died Thursday, Nov. 25, at age 68 at his home.

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.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Chief Charles Moose last night, who led PPB in the 1990s. 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," said on Twitter.

Moose served as Portland police chief from 1993 to 1999 before becoming the chief for Montgomery County in Maryland from 1999 to 2003. He gained national fame for his actions during 2002 D.C. sniper attacks, and was portrayed by Charles S. Dutton in the 2003 TV film, "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear."

"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 D.C. 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."

Moose was born in New York City on Aug. 4, 1953, and grew up in Lexington, North Carolina. He completed his bachelor of arts degree in U.S. history in 1975 at the University of North Carolina, the same year he later joined the Portland Police Bureau as a patrol officer. While working for Portland, Moose also taught at Portland State University, where he received a doctorate in urban studies and criminology.

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