Deputy Sheriff John Lamb

Deputy Sheriff John Lamb

Hancock County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, August 2, 1900

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John Lamb

Deputy Sheriff John Lamb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during a disturbance during elections in Sneedville.

A person who lived in a different district was attempting to vote. When another man attempted to stop him from voting he drew a gun. As Deputy Lamb attempted to arrest him the man opened fire, fatally wounding Deputy Lamb. The subject was also shot and killed in a gun battle involving several other citizens that resulted.

Deputy Lamb was survived by his wife, four sons, father, and two brothers.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Deputy Sheriff Lamb,
On today, the 117th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hancock County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 2, 2017

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