Thursday, July 26, 2012

Deputy, suspect killed in shootout | Charlotte

Deputy, suspect killed in shootout | Charlotte

by NewsChannel 36 Staff

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Updated today at 2:59 PM 
BOONE, N.C. -- A deputy was killed during a shootout early Thursday morning in Watauga County. William Mast Jr., 23, was killed while responding to a call on Hardin Road near Highway 421 around 1 a.m.

Another deputy on scene returned fire and killed the suspect who first struck Mast. Jr.  The name of the suspect has not been released.

Both the deputy and the suspect were transported to a local hospital but later died, according Watauga County EMS. Further details were not released.

Officials said Mast Jr.'s wife is due to give birth to the couple's first child any day. "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," said Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman.

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