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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    MD - Capt. James Hall, 53, Norbeck Hall, 23 Oct 1971

    James T. Hall, 53, Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office, MD Murdered 26 Oct 1971

    Captain James T. Hall
    Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, MD
    Killed in the line of duty: Tuesday, October 26, 1971
    Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Location: Norbeck Hall, Montgomery Co. MD

    Captain James T. Hall
    Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Maryland
    End of Watch: Tuesday, October 26, 1971
    Bio & Incident Details
    Age: 53
    Tour: 10 years
    Badge # 468
    Cause: Gunfire
    Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
    Offender: Not available

    Case Summary:

    James T. Hall, 53, was a Montgomery County deputy sheriff who was working in uniform overnight on a security detail at the Manor County Club, 14901 Carrolton Road in Norbeck Hall. Captain Hall was shot the evening of 23 October 1971 while attempting to arrest two burglary suspects.

    When found he was lying in the parking lot shot in the back of the head. His own gun was found underneath his body. He died in hospital on 26 October 1971.

    Captain Hall had served with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and four grandchildren.

    There had been a series of professional burglaries happening in the county that were never solved. In this case expensive items were taken and found stored beneath a tree on the golf course.

    At about the same time that officers received the call about a burglary at the Country Club, another call was dispatched for a burglary at 4119 Beverly Road which was adjacent to the golf course. It was thought that Hall somehow interrupted the burglars and was shot during the confrontation.

    The same evening the vending machines at the club had been broken into and there was a group of 4-6 teenage suspects who were known to do this sort of thing.

    Investigation records state, "all viable suspects have been eliminated".

    If you have any information related to this unsolved crime, please contact:

    Major Crimes Section of the Montgomery County Police








    Washington Post, 27 October 1971

  2. #2
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    Jan 2012
    This is the only unsolved murder of a law enforcement officer in the history of Montgomery County, Maryland. There are two different theories on who might be responsible.

    On the same night that Captain Hall was on patrol at the country club a residential burglary happened nearby and the stolen goods were later found on the golf course. On the other hand the vending machines at the club were broken into on the same night. It is possible that Hall interrupted one or the other groups of thieves.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2004
    James Hall: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record


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