18-year-old released from jail in connection to Birmingham officer shot, killed

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THE LATEST: JAN. 15, 2019, 5:20 P.M. —

On Tuesday CBS 42 spoke with Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr on the officer-involved shooting death of Sergeant Wytasha Carter. 

The 18-year-old arrested in connection with Sgt. Carter’s death was placed in custody on a 48-hour hold, Carr stated. At this point in the investigation, no one has been charged. The 18-year-old was placed in jail, but was released pending any charges, Carr added. 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The suspect that was injured during the shooting and in the hospital is 31 years old. The suspect in custody is 18 years old.

Police supervisors have identified the officer who was shot and killed early Sunday as 44-year-old Sgt. Wytasha Carter.

Carter and another officer were investigating car burglaries just before 2 a.m. Sunday on the 900 block of 5th Avenue North just before the shooting. In the process, they came across two suspects.

According to a news release, when the officers approached the suspects, “one suspect produced a weapon and began to fire at the officers.”

Carter and another officer were struck by gunfire. Both officers and a suspect were taken to UAB Hospital. Another suspect was taken into custody. Carter died due to his injury at the hospital and the second officer is currently in critical condition. 

Carter began his service with BPD in 2011. He worked at the West Precinct, HICOPP and Youth Services as a school resource officer. He was promoted to sergeant in February of 2018.

According to BPD, “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.”

Original Story:

A shooting incident on 5th Ave North near the Four Seasons Bar and Grill claimed the life of one officer overnight Sunday.

The information comes from Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith, who also confirmed that another officer was critically wounded. The officer who was killed was a sergeant. One of the officers was in uniform and the other was in plain clothes, working as an undercover officer. 

The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. as the officers approached two car burglary suspects in the 900 block of 5th Ave North. 

“The officers approached one suspect, patted him down, found what they believed to be a weapon, asked him about it, he armed himself, fired upon our officers,” Chief Smith said. 

Both officers were shot in critical areas of their bodies. The officer who was critically wounded is undergoing treatment at UAB hospital.

One suspect is in custody and another suspect is receiving medical treatment. It is possible another suspect may be at large, police say.

Identities of all parties involved have not yet been released.

Stay with CBS 42 for updates.

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