BIRMINGHAM POLICE SERGEANT SLAIN, SECOND INJURED AFTER LATE-NIGHT SHOOTING

A bleak, rainy sky saw officers salute as a line of Birmingham Police Department vehicles escorted the body of Sgt. Wytasha “Wyt” Carter from the UAB University Hospital to the coroner’s office Sunday morning.

Carter was killed in a shooting that happened around 2 a.m. Sunday morning around the 700 block of 5th Avenue North in Birmingham. The second officer involved in the shooting is fighting for his life in the hospital.

“As we continue to pray for Sgt. Carter’s family, please keep in mind to yield your prayers to our other officer who is still in intensive care at UAB,” Police chief Patrick Smith said at a conference last night.

Smith said Carter and another officer approached two suspects after investigating a car burglary. After a weapon was discovered on one of the suspects, he opened fire, killing Carter and critically injuring the other. Smith said the two officers were taken by surprise, but are thankful the suspects didn’t get away.

“We have one suspect in custody and we have one suspect who is receiving medical treatment,” Smith said. “We are not absolutely certain right now if we have one outstanding suspect, but we have other possibilities in the investigation still ongoing at this time.”

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin expressed his sorrow and condolences at a press conference last night, but reminded everyone not to forget the second officer who was involved in the incident.

“There is another officer to keep in mind, who is laying up in UAB’s hospital right now who also was a victim,” Woodfin said.

Smith fought back tears as he updated the press conference attendants on the condition of BPD’s second officer, who is in critical condition. He said no part of the next steps in this process will be easy.

“Trust me when I tell you, he is not going to believe you by any stretch of the imagination,” Smith said. “His condition is very critical, and for me as chief of police, it is very difficult to look both of their families in the eye and explain to them the tragedy they had to endure.”

Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement after the shooting. It reads, in part:

“This is a terrible loss for Sgt. Carter’s loved ones…and our entire state. Let us keep Sgt. Carter, his wife and children close to our hearts during this difficult time. I offer my prayers to the second officer still fighting to stay alive. I also pray for the doctors, nurses and staff working to help this officer survive the tragedy. We must never forget the tremendous sacrifice that our law enforcement make each and every day.”

An updated condition or identification of the second officer is unknown. WVUA 23 will update with the details as they come.

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