The Witness series brings together the men and women of Law Enforcement who were instrumental in landmark events in American history. For information about upcoming programs please visit the Museums Events pages.
For three weeks in October 2002, the DC metropolitan area lived in fear of a serial sniper who killed 10 people and wounded many others in a series of seemingly random shootings in Washington, DC; Maryland, and Virginia. Ten years later, Chief Charles Deane of the Prince William County (VA) Police Department, The Washing Post investigative reporter Josh White, Chief Charles Moose (ret.) from the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department, and Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh (ret.) of the Maryland State Police spoke about what they witnessed during the investigation.Chief Moose discussed his strategy for informing the public throughout the investigation, explaining why he held press conferences every four hours. “We insisted on maximum disclosure with minimum delay even when there wasn’t much to report,” recalled Moose. All the panelists stressed the teamwork needed to solve the case. “We worked closely together and shared information with other jurisdictions,” said Chief Deane. Ultimately, John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted for the crimes. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple local jurisdictions, as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FB); the US Secret Service; and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
This program was generously sponsored by Target