Sheriff Selah Graham Lamb

Sheriff Selah Graham Lamb

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, October 7, 1933

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Selah Graham Lamb

Sheriff Selah Lamb was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had threatened to kill his ex-wife. The woman and her family went into town for the night as Sheriff Lamb and a deputy went the family's ranch to look for the suspect. The officers stayed at the ranch that night and in the morning they encountered the suspect, who was standing on a hill approximately 150-feet away.

When the suspect saw Sheriff Lamb he opened fire, striking him four times. The deputy returned fire, wounding the suspect, who then committed suicide.

Sheriff Lamb had served with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department for 31 years and had also served the constable of Gold Rush Township for four previous years.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Selah Graham Lamb was my Great Uncle, son of Timothy Graham Lamb, of San Ardo, southern Monterey County, CA. When the family left their 2000 acre spread in San Ardo, Sheriff Lamb first was a foreman for Miller Lux Cattle Company, and then went on over to Winnemucca, Humboldt County, NV, and started his career in law enforcement after a couple years of ranching.

Paula Edrington, GS-0101 Retired
Department of Defense

January 13, 2021

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