Chief Patrick Smith of the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama sadly reports the death of Sgt. Wytasha Carter.
Sgt. Carter, 44, was shot and killed as he and another officer were attempting to take two suspects into custody that had been breaking into vehicles.
As Carter was searching one of the suspects, a weapon appeared and both officers were shot.
As a result, Carter sustained a gunshot wound to his head. Reports indicate the other unnamed officer sustained critical injuries.
Officers were able to return gunfire and wound one of the suspects, who were then taken into custody.
Both officers were transported to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital’s Trauma Center where Carter was pronounced dead.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter is being remembered as a man with a dedication to his fellow officers, students and fighting crime. https://t.co/e5dChOKMGw
— City of Birmingham (@cityofbhamal) January 13, 2019
Wytasha Carter served the Birmingham Police Department for eight years. Prior to his service with Birmingham, he served at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Leeds and Fairfield Police Departments for a total of nine additional years.
“He wanted to make a difference,’’ said Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin, who was Carter’s captain at Birmingham’s West Precinct. “The type of person who killed him, that’s exactly the type of person he was trying to help.”
“He was the most amazing, most caring husband, father and officer I have met in my entire life,’’ said Birmingham police Officer Jordan Campbell who also worked with Carter at the West Precinct. “Every time I found myself getting into a dangerous situation, I’d look up and he was always there.”
“He prayed with me, he counseled me, most of all he was there for me and anyone else that needed him, without question,’’ she said.
I offer my deepest sympathies & prayers as we mourn the death of Sgt. Carter, which came far too soon. Terrible loss for his loved ones, fellow law enforcement officers & our entire state. I am praying for the second officer still fighting to stay alive. https://t.co/BmvGiM9S4H
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) January 13, 2019
Carter, who was known to his friends as “Wyt,” also served in the USAF. His wife and children survive him.
Sgt. Wytasha Carter is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Sunday, January 13, 2019.