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.