Two police officers were shot and one — a sergeant who in 2016 helped rescue two little girls buried under a collapsed roof — was killed Sunday when they confronted an armed suspect while working on a car-burglary sting operation in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, officials said.
Gunfire erupted at 1:59 a.m. when the officers, one working undercover, approached two suspects they spotted allegedly trying to break into a car, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said at an early morning news conference.
“The officers approached one suspect, patted him down where they found what they believed to be a weapon,” Smith said. “They asked him about it. He armed himself and fired upon our officers.”
Sgt. Wytasha Carter, 44, was shot and killed in the encounter, officials said in a statement.