Slain Birmingham police officer was OMHS band parent

Published 9:53 am Thursday, January 17, 2019


BIRMINGHAM – The Oak Mountain community mourned with the Birmingham Police Department over the death of Sgt. Wytasha Carter, who was a school band parent.

“We received tragic news that one of our band parents was killed in the line of duty early this morning,” read a post on the Oak Mountain High School Band Facebook page. “We ask that you cover the Carter family with your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sgt. Carter consistently volunteered his time with our band program and supported us at each performance.”

Carter, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, died from a gunshot wound in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 13, while investigating vehicle break-ins in the area of Fifth Avenue North in downtown Birmingham.

Another police officer was sustained serious injuries in the incident, one suspect was taken into custody and a second suspect was shot.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement about the incident.

“We began today (Jan. 13) with the heartbreaking news that Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was killed in the line of duty and a second officer still remains in critical condition,” the release read. “On behalf of the entire state of Alabama, I offer my deepest sympathies and prayers as we all mourn the death of Sgt. Carter, which came far too soon. This is a terrible loss for Sgt. Carter’s loved ones, his fellow law enforcement officers and our entire state. Let us keep Sgt. Carter, his wife and children close to our hearts during this difficult time.

“I offer my fervent prayers to the second officer still fighting to stay alive. I also pray for the doctors, nurses and staff working to help this officer survive the tragedy. To this officer, know that the people of Alabama stand behind you.

“We must never forget the tremendous sacrifice that our law enforcement make each and every day. We certainly will always remember Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter and his ultimate sacrifice for the people of Birmingham who he served so well.”