Idaho sheriff identifies deputy killed in on-duty crash

Deputy Wyatt Maser died after being struck and killed by a patrol vehicle during an early morning search for a suspect


Shane Sanderson
Casper Star Tribune

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho — The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday morning identified Deputy Wyatt Maser when another officer struck him with a vehicle.

According to an agency statement, at 5:18 on Monday morning, a deputy responded to a rollover crash at an intersection east of Idaho Falls. When a woman involved in the crash tried to walk away with a machete, Maser came to assist.

Deputy Wyatt Maser has been identified as the deputy who died after being struck by a patrol vehicle early Monday morning. (Photo/ODMP)
Deputy Wyatt Maser has been identified as the deputy who died after being struck by a patrol vehicle early Monday morning. (Photo/ODMP)

When a third deputy arrived, he struck Maser with his vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. An agency statement makes note of the early morning dark but does not specify if low visibility is thought to have caused the crash.

Deputies and fire fighters provided first aid at the scene of the crash, according to the statement. Maser was taken to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he died.

“Sheriff Paul Wilde and the entire Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office are humbled at the outpouring of support for the Maser family and our Deputies,” the agency said in a news release. “Deputy Maser was known as a hard working member of our team and family, and our hearts are filled with sadness at his loss.”

Maser had worked for the agency for about 13 months. His funeral is scheduled for Friday in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho State Police are investigating Maser’s death.

An obituary for Maser said he was born in Thermopolis and grew up in Casper. He served in the Air Force from 2015-2018.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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