BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — At a Sunday news conference, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith offered additional insight into the life of fallen police officer Wytasha Carter while also asking for prayers for the other officer still in the hospital.
Sgt. Carter, 44, died after a shooting in the 900 block of 5th Avenue North.
“He served in Birmingham for the past eight years,” Chief Smith said.
Smith said Carter was described as compassionate and a natural born leader.
Police were in the area investigating possible car break ins. Investigators said officers encountered at least two suspects
“As the officers approached to investigate, one of the suspects produced a hand gun and he began to fire at the officers,” Smith said.
After the gunfire, Carter later died at UAB hospital, where one 31-year-old suspect and another officer are recovering after both were hit.
“Yield your prayers to our officer who is still in intensive care at UAB and trust me when I tell you that he is not completely out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination,” Smith said.
A second suspect who is 18 is under arrest, according to BPD. Names have not been released.
The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case, Smith said.
“This is a very difficult day, a very difficult day for me as chief of police and it is difficult for every single person on this department,” Smith said.
Tonight officers are thanking nearby departments and neighbors for the outpouring of support for a man who met so much to so many.
“Our hearts and our prayers are with his wife his daughter, his daughter, his son, his mother, father, his sister, and brother and the rest of the family,” Smith said.
According to Chief Smith, some portions of the incident were captured on camera. Smith said the video would likely be released when deemed appropriate by the SBI during the course of the ongoing investigation.