Sniper investigator plans book, film deal

— Charles Moose, the Montgomery County Police Chief who led the D.C.-area sniper investigation, plans to announce a deal for a book and possibly a movie about him.

New York literary agent David Vigliano said Moose would officially announce the deal today.

One publisher who was approached by the agent described the project as a blow-by-blow account of the investigation, interspersed with Moose's personal story of growing up poor and rising to the position of police chief.

Local officials have warned Moose that profiting from the deal could land him on the wrong side of Montgomery's strict ethics provisions, which bar police commanders from accepting even nominal fees for speaking publicly about the sniper shootings.

But County Executive Douglas Duncan, who hired Moose in 1999, said he believes the chief warrants an exception, given his central role in an investigation that riveted the nation.

"This is a special circumstance," Duncan said. "He's got a great story to tell America, and he should be able to do that." If necessary, Duncan said he would ask the County Council to pass legislation authorizing the deal.

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