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Rural N.C. Deputy Killed In Trailer Gunfight

July 26, 2012  | 

Photo: Watauga County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Watauga County Sheriff's Office

A Watauga County (N.C.) Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot early Thursday after exchanging gunfire with a suspect at a trailer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Deputy William Mast Jr., 23, responded to a call in Deep Gap at 1:15 a.m. at a trailer at 2130 Hardin Road, about two miles north of U.S. 421. The suspect opened fire, killing Mast. A second deputy returned fire, killing the suspect, reports the Winston-Salem Journal.

Sheriff Len Hagaman told the Watauga Democrat he was "deeply saddened" by the death of Mast.

The agency's last recorded line of duty death was Deputy Amos Howell on Nov. 21, 1902, according to ODMP.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Watauga County (N.C.) Sheriff


Comments (4)

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chuck @ 7/26/2012 9:01 PM

Thank you deputy ille never forget you. Im glad that pos is dead

Billy @ 7/26/2012 10:10 PM

Its a terrible shame to lose a young LEO like this. Having served in rural areas during my 34 years in LE, I know that the danger in "The Boonies" can be as great as in the "Inner City." Good to hear a second deputy ended the career of the shooter - good job! My God bless and watch over the family of this young man during this most trying time.

Scott Fox @ 7/26/2012 11:21 PM

At least a little justice was done when the sub-human cop killer was put six feet in the dirt. 23 years old is so young, he was just starting his career serving the great citizens of North Carolina.

Vbdep @ 7/29/2012 8:30 PM

Rest In Peace Deputy Mast.

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