The Washington Post

Police say a murder mystery is solved


For 51 years, the fatal shooting of Montgomery County Special Deputy Sheriff James Tappen Hall went unsolved. Now, investigat­ors say they have cracked the case and have a suspect in custody.

Hall was shot Oct. 23, 1971, at Manor Country Club on Carrolton Road in the Rockville area, where he held a part-time security job. He died in a hospital three days later.

Investigat­ors think Hall interrupte­d a nearby residentia­l burglary in progress. They arrested a suspect last week.

Officials did not release any additional details Tuesday and said they will do so at a news conference Wednesday.

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