One po­lice of­fi­cer killed, an­other in­jured in shoot­ing

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One Birm­ing­ham po­lice of­fi­cer was killed and an­other crit­i­cally wounded in a shoot­ing early Sun­day as the of­fi­cers ques­tioned two peo­ple sus­pected of try­ing to break into cars in Alabama’s largest city, au­thor­i­ties said.

Two sus­pects are in cus­tody, one of whom was shot and is re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment, po­lice said.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the of­fi­cer who was fa­tally shot as Sgt. Wy­tasha Carter, 44, a mem­ber of the depart­ment since 2011. The names of the wounded of­fi­cer and the sus­pects were not im­me­di­ately re­leased.

Birm­ing­ham Po­lice Chief Patrick Smith said the of­fi­cers had ap­proached the two sus­pects just be­fore 2 a.m. out­side a down­town Birm­ing­ham night­club, after a plain­clothes of­fi­cer spot­ted one of them check­ing door han­dles on cars parked out­side the venue. Smith said one sus­pect opened fire after be­ing con­fronted by the of­fi­cers. that “doc­tors suc­ceeded in re­an­i­mat­ing the heart of the se­ri­ously in­jured Mayor Pawel Adamow­icz and there is hope, but his con­di­tion is very dif­fi­cult.”

Pol­ish broad­caster TVN said the as­sailant shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly im­pris­oned un­der a pre­vi­ous na­tional gov­ern­ment led by a party to which the mayor for­merly be­longed. The sus­pected at­tacker, 27, was ar­rested. A po­lice spokesman said the at­tacker gained ac­cess to the area with a me­dia badge.

Adamow­icz, 53, has been mayor of the Baltic port city since 1998. He was part of the demo­cratic op­po­si­tion born in Gdansk un­der the lead­er­ship of Lech Walesa dur­ing the 1980s. As mayor, he has been a pro­gres­sive voice, sup­port­ing LGBT rights and tol­er­ance for mi­nori­ties. He marched in last year’s gay pride pa­rade, a rare ac­tion for a mayor in Poland.

Drunken-driv­ing laws face Repub­li­can re­sis­tance

With a new Demo­cratic ally in the gover­nor’s of­fice, a hand­ful of Repub­li­can law­mak­ers are push­ing for Wis­con­sin to join the rest of the coun­try and crim­i­nal­ize first-of­fense drunken driv­ing. But pow­er­ful Repub­li­can op­po­nents al­ready are lin­ing up against the idea, call­ing it im­prac­ti­cal and too ex­pen­sive.

“We want to feel like we’re re­ally be­ing strict on drunk driv­ers,” said Repub­li­can state Sen. Van Wang­gaard, chair­man of the Se­nate ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee and an op­po­nent of crim­i­nal­iz­ing first of­fense. “But it’s not about pun­ish­ing that per­son that made that poor choice. It’s about di­rect­ing them to make good choices.”

At a time when some states have talked about low­er­ing their DUI limit — Utah just set its thresh­old at a na­tional low of 0.05 per­cent blood al­co­hol con­tent — Wis­con­sin re­mains the only state in the na­tion that treats a first of­fense as a civil vi­o­la­tion akin to a speed­ing ticket rather than a crime.

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