BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police have confirmed that Sergeant Wytasha Carter was the officer killed in this morning’s shooting.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith confirmed this morning that two officers had approached two suspects during a burglary around 1:59 a.m. this morning in the 900 block of 5th Ave. N. The suspect shot the two officers after a pat-down revealed he was armed.
One of the officers died and the other officer is in critical condition. One suspect is currently in custody, one suspect is receiving medical attention and they are not sure if there is a third, outstanding suspect. City of Birmingham spokesman Rick Journey says the suspect in custody is 18 years old and the suspect in the hospital is 31.
In 2016, Sergeant Carter was one of three officers who rushed into a house fire to save two little girls. You can read that full story here.
From the Birmingham Police press release:
Sergeant Carter has served with the Birmingham Police Department since 2011, where he has worked various assignments including West Precinct, HICOPP and Youth Services as a school resource officer. Carter was promoted to sergeant in February 2018.
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 is a 1993 graduate of Phillips High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Belford University. He also served in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife and children.
Other agencies from across the state have released statement expressing condolences. You can read those statements here.