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WATAUGA COUNTY, NC (WSOCTV) — A Watauga County deputy was shot and killed early Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting happened at a house on Hardin Road, just off Highway 421, about six miles from Boone in the Deep Gap community around 1 a.m.

Officials said when deputies arrived, the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, opened fire. One deputy was hit, and another returned fire, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputy William Mast Jr. died from injuries suffered in the shooting, officials said.

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