When Birmingham, Alabama, Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was shot and killed Sunday, the Birmingham community mourned. That tragedy also is hitting close to home in Douglas County, where Carter had served as a corrections officer from 1998-2000.
“Anytime we lose a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, it’s devastating for our country, but the death of Sgt. Wytasha Carter hits especially hard for us because he was a part of our county family,” said Douglas County Board member Chris Rodgers. “We send our deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and to the entire Birmingham Police Department. Sgt. Carter will be greatly missed.”
Carter, 44, and another officer were shot early Sunday as they questioned two people suspected of trying to break into cars in Alabama’s largest city. Carter died and the other officer was seriously injured.
Carter, an Air Force veteran, had been promoted to sergeant last February by the Birmingham Police Department, where he had served since 2011.
Harvey Burtley, a Douglas County Corrections officer for 23 years, recalled Carter’s “bubbly” personality and “go-getter” mindset, according to a press release.
“He stood out as a leader,” Burtley said Wednesday. “He always said corrections was going to be a steppingstone for him to get to the next level. He took pride in his job. His uniform was always pressed and his shoes were always shined.”
Carter was married and had two young daughters.
A service for Carter will be held Saturday in Birmingham’s Legacy Arena, which seats as many as 19,000 people. A private burial will be conducted later.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.