NC deputy, suspect killed in shootout

A suspect opened fire on two deputies when they arrived at a home

Duty Death: William Mast - [Watauga County, North Carolina]

DEEP GAP, N.C. — A sheriff’s deputy died after he was shot by a suspect early Thursday in Watauga County.

Deputy William Mast Jr. was fatally shot by the suspect after responding to a call in Deep Gap around 1 a.m., according to Sheriff Len Hagaman.

The suspect opened fire on Mast and another deputy when they arrived at the home on Hardin Road, Hagaman said.

The other deputy, who has not been publicly identified, immediately returned fire, fatally shooting the suspect in return, Hagaman said.

“It is a sad day for Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Watauga County community as Officer Mast was a friend and asset to our force and to his community,” Hagaman said.

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