Deep Gap, NC-- A Watauga County sheriff's deputy and another person have been killed in a shooting in Deep Gap.
In the latest news release from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office, two deputies responded to a call on Hardin Road (in the Deep Gap area of Watauga County), on a 911 open line call. Sheriff Len Hagaman said Deputy William Mast Jr. and another officer responded to a call around 12:50am on Thursday.
When the officers arrived, someon at the address opened fire, hitting Mast. The other deputy fired, killing the suspect.
Deputy Mast and the suspect were treated on the scene my emergency responders and taken to the hospital. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sheriff hagaman called in the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to assist. The SBI is now investigating the shooting.
The name of the deputy who was with Mast and the name of the suspect are not being released at this time.
Deputy William Mast Jr. worked for the Watauga Co Sheriff's Office for three and a half years.
Sheriff's Statement and Timeline of What Happened
Congressman woman Virginia Foxx (NC-R) released this statement about Watauga County Sheriff's Deputy William Mast, Jr.'s death while on duty in Deep Gap, NC, this morning:
"My heart breaks for the family and friends of Watauga County Sheriff's Deputy William Ronald Mast, Jr., who gave his life in the line of duty early this morning.
"In his twenty-three short years, Deputy Mast made an imprint on Boone, and I know the thoughts and prayers of thousands are with his wife, Paige, their unborn child, his parents, and the entire Watauga County Sheriff's Office today. May they be comforted and find peace in the midst of this tragedy.
"In this time of grief, we remember that the safety we experience in our communities is maintained, in part, because people like Deputy Mast volunteer to place themselves in harm's way for our protection. For that caliber of service and sacrifice, we are grateful."