Two officers shot, one fatally, in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — 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, authorities said.
Two suspects are in custody, one of whom was shot and is receiving medical treatment, according to police.
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 approached the two suspects about 2 a.m. outside a downtown 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.