Hero Down: BCSO Deputy Wyatt Maser Fatally Struck By Other Deputy's Patrol Car
Bone, ID – Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Wyatt Maser died in the line of duty on Monday after he was inadvertently struck by a police vehicle while he was out on a call.
The incident began at approximately 5:20 a.m., when Deputy Maser, 23, was dispatched to the scene of a rollover crash in the area of 9th South and Bone Road, East Idaho News reported.
When he arrived at the scene, he spotted a woman wielding a machete trying to leave the area on foot.
The woman appeared to be suffering from mental health issues, so Deputy Maser and a second deputy followed her on foot and tried to speak with her, East Idaho News reported.
As the deputies closed in and attempted to take her into custody, BCSO Sergeant Randy Flegel arrived at the scene to assist them.
Sgt. Flegel inadvertently crashed into Deputy Maser with his patrol vehicle in the dark as he approached the area, the BCSO said in a press release.
Fellow deputies and emergency medical crews attempted life-saving measures as Deputy Maser was being rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
He was pronounced dead a short while later.
The woman wielding the machete was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and medical treatment, the BCSO said.
The Idaho State Police are handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal collision.
“Sheriff Paul Wilde and the entire Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office are humbled at the outpouring of support for the Maser family and our Deputies,” the BCSO said in a press release on Tuesday. “Dep. Maser was known as a hard working member of our team and family, and our hearts are filled with sadness at his loss.”
Deputy Maser served in the U.S. Air Force before he joined the BCSO in August of 2019, according to his obituary.
“The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is devastated by this event and our hearts are with the Deputy’s family and friends. This is a tragic loss for them and our family of Deputies,” the sheriff’s office said.
Deputy Maser leaves behind his wife, Paige, and their young daughter, Morgan, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, siblings, and his grandparents.
Deputy Maser will be laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wyatt Maser, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.