Deputy Griffith was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped to investigate a parked car on the Purdy Highway, just over the California – Nevada border.
The deputies were investigating the incident after a series of robberies. Deputy Griffith was shot when he ordered one of the juveniles out the car while his partner searched the second juvenile. His partner was also wounded in the shootout. The two suspects then fled the scene but were apprehended a short time later.
The suspect who killed Deputy Griffith was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in Folsom Prison. On October 11, 1949, he stabbed a fellow inmate to death. He was convicted of first-degree murder and executed in the gas chamber on February 8, 1957.
Deputy Wiberg was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an armed robbery call at a casino in Lemon Valley at 0200 hours.
He was responding on U.S. 395 when his patrol car went out of control on the wet pavement. The patrol car crossed into oncoming lanes and collided with another vehicle. Deputy Wiberg was extricated from the wreckage and transported to the Washoe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Wiberg had served with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. During his tour with the agency, he had received the agency’s Lifesaving Award and Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.