A Birmingham Police officer was shot and killed, a second was in critical condition, after a shooting early Sunday morning.
According to ABC 33/40, the ABC Birmingham affiliate, the officers were responding to the break-in on 5th Avenue North just before 2:00 A.M. One suspect shot and killed an officer and critically injured the other. Police Chief Patrick Smith said one suspect is also in critical condition, and the other is behind bars. He indicated a third suspect may still be on the run.
Shortly after word broke of the shooting, U.S. Attorney Jay Town released this statement: "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers all law enforcement face while we sleep. While they keep us safe. While they do the job. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the officers, the officer still fighting for his life, and the fallen officer whose end of watch came much too soon."
Birmingham police did not release the names of the officers or suspects.
Governor Kay Ivey released a statement Sunday afternoon:
“We began today with the heartbreaking news that Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter was killed in the line of duty and a second officer still remains in critical condition. On behalf of the entire state of Alabama, I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers as we all mourn the death of Sergeant Carter, which came far too soon. This is a terrible loss for Sergeant Carter’s loved ones, his fellow law enforcement officers and our entire state. Let us keep Sergeant Carter, his wife and children close to our hearts during this difficult time.
I offer my fervent 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. To this officer, know that the people of Alabama stand behind you.
We must never forget the tremendous sacrifice that our law enforcement make each and every day. We certainly will always remember Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter and his ultimate sacrifice for the people of Birmingham who he served so well."