Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Updated today at 2:59 PM
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.