Deputy Sheriff William Ronald Mast, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Ronald Mast, Jr.

Watauga County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, July 26, 2012

William Ronald Mast, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Mast was shot and killed as he responded to a 911 call with an open line at a trailer home on Hardin Road in Deep Gap, North Carolina, at approximately 1:00 am.

Upon arriving at the scene he began walking towards the house when he was shot in the face. It is believed the subject who shot him intentionally ambushed him. Another deputy with him returned fire killing the suspect.

Deputy Mast had served with the Watauga County Sheriff's Office for three years. He is survived by his expectant wife, parents, and sibling.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation named the bridge over the New River on US 421, near Boone, in honor of Deputy Mast.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 123

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Dear Paige and Hunter: As that fateful anniversary approaches, I am finding myself thinking how lucky we are to have had wonderful people such as William in our lives, even if only for a short while. I didn't know him personally, but yet I did, as we are all loving brothers and sisters, and the pain is always there. I was very proud to sit in the annex gym in the church in Boone, and weep as the State Trooper spoke. GOD gave us a wonderful man, and he is not forgotten. My warmest thoughts go out to you, Hunter and all the family.

Coroner (Retired) Keith P. Von Qualen
Livingston Co (Illinois) Coroners Office

July 10, 2017

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