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Shooting Suspect 'Not Unknown' to WCSO PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 27 July 2012 12:01

Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman said that the suspect in the shooting death of Deputy William Mast Jr. had little criminal history, but was not unknown to the Sheriff’s Office. Mitchell Trivette, 33, had been charged in a case in 2003, and that there had been other calls at the 2130 Hardin Road trailer in the past similar to the open 9-1-1 line from Thursday morning, but little indication that the kind of action that claimed the life of deputy Mast might come.  The sheriff said that the weapon that Trivette brought out in the incident early yesterday was a shotgun, and said that Mast was wearing his protective vest at the time. The Sheriff said that his department immediately had help of area ministers, some even on the scene of the shooting, including the father of the deputy who shot and killed Mitchell Trivette. Still, there is the question yet to be answered, and that  is ‘why?’ What caused Mitchell Trivette to open fire on deputies, what was going on that caused the open 9-1-1 call to start with. So many questions yet to answer, but none that would change in the tragedy. William Ronald Mast Jr. becomes the first ever Watauga deputy killed in the line of duty. He would have been 24 next month.


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