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Moose to sniper: 'Let's talk ... We have an answer for you'

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ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) -- The man leading the probe into the Washington-area shootings that have left 10 people dead sent a message Wednesday night to the person authorities believe to be the sniper.

Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Chief Charles Moose asked the media to get this message out:

"We understand that you communicated with us by calling several different locations. Our inability to talk has been a concern for us as it has been for you.

"You indicated that you want us to do and say certain things. You asked us to say: 'We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose.'

"We understand that hearing us say this is important to you. However, we want you to know how difficult it has been to understand what you want because you have chosen to use only notes, indirect messages and calls to other jurisdictions.

"The solution remains to call us and get a private toll free number established just for you.

"We still ask you to call or write us at P.O. Box 7875, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20898-7875.

"If you are reluctant to contact us, be assured that we remain ready to talk directly with you. Our word is our bond.

"If we can establish communications with you, we can offer other means of addressing what you have asked us for. Let's talk directly.

"We have an answer for you about your option. We're waiting for you to contact us."

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