One officer is dead and another in critical condition after an overnight shooting on 5th Ave North near the Four Seasons Bar and Grill, on the north side of Birmingham, said police.
Police identified the officer who was shot and killed early Sunday as 44-year-old Sgt. Wytasha Carter.
Birmingham police said Carter and another officer were responding to a report of cars being broken into just before 2 a.m. when they came face to face with two suspects. One of the suspects then began to shoot at the officers, officials said.
Both officers were taken to a local hospital where Carter passed away. The other officer is said to be in critical condition.
Police said that one suspect is in custody and another was receiving medical attention.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released the following statement:
“Sgt. Wytasha Carter gave his life early this morning for the city he served. This husband and father was a true public servant and will be honored by each of us.
As this investigation continues, I ask that everyone pause and reflect on how our Birmingham police officers go out every day to protect our community.
We also remain in prayer for the second officer who was shot along with Sgt. Carter. He is currently in critical condition.
As the scripture teaches us, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’
Each day, Birmingham police officers risk their lives when they report for duty.
This is a time of mourning for our city, but please know our police officers are dedicated to justice and continued service for the people of Birmingham.”
Carter began his service with the Birmingham Police Department in 2011. He worked at the West Precinct, HICOPP and Youth Services as a school resource officer. He was promoted to sergeant in Feb. 2018.
According to BHPD, Sergeant Carter began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a correctional officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Later that year he joined the Leeds Police Department where he served as an officer. In 2007, Sergeant Carter joined the Fairfield Police Department until transferring to the Birmingham Police Department.
Sergeant Carter graduated from Phillips High School in 1993. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Belford University. He also served in the United States Air Force.
Carter is survived by his wife and children.
News 2 will continue to follow this story along with our sister station in Birmingham WIAT. We will have updates as we get more details.
This adds to an already deadly year for law enforcement officers around the country. Here’s a breakdown of recent incidents:
Saturday, January 5, 2019: Provo Police Department Officer Joseph Shinners (shot and killed while trying to apprehend a fugitive)
Monday, January 7, 2019: Colerain Township Police Officer Dale Woods (struck by a pickup truck while investigating another crash)
Tuesday, January 8, 2019: Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend (struck by a distracted driver during a traffic stop)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Shreveport Police Department Officer Chatéri Payne (shot and killed on her way to work)
Thursday, January 10, 2019: City of Davis Police Department Officer Natalie Corona (shot and killed while investigating a three-car crash)
Sunday, January 13, 2019: Birmingham Police Department Sergeant (name currently withheld)