For three weeks in October 2002, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area lived in fear of a serial sniper who killed 10 people and wounded three others in a series of random shootings in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Ultimately, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted of seven of those murders, as well as linked to additional shootings in a number of other states.
Investigating and arresting the two perpetrators involved hundreds of police officers from multiple local jurisdictions, as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the U.S. Secret Service; and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
On Sept. 18, 2012, the next event in the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Witness to History series will re-examine this case 10 years later, with our featured guests Chief Charlie Deane, Prince William County (VA) Police Department; Josh White, The Washington Post; and Chief Charles Moose (ret.), Montgomery County (MD) Police Department.
The D.C. Sniper case, as it has come to be known, involved one of the biggest manhunts in recent history and required the complicated coordination of multiple police agencies under intense media scrutiny and a barrage of misinformation, rumor, speculation and criticism.
The Witness to History program is sponsored by Target®, and will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund administrative offices, located in the Pew Charitable Trusts Building at 901 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. Admission is free. Limited space is available; registration will be confirmed on a first come basis.