TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Flags have been flying at half staff outside the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in memory of fallen Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter.
“Law enforcement falls under a brotherhood. And it’s like losing a family member,” said Jason Powell, Public Information Officer for the department.
Sgt. Carter was killed early Sunday morning while he and two other officers stopped two suspects in Birmingham.
In 2018, officials built a marker recognizing Tuscaloosa County Sheriff deputies killed in the line of duty. On Saturday, four deputies will pay their respects to Sgt. Carter in Birmingham.
“The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will be sending some members of our honor guard to participate in the services,” Powell said.
Northport Police are also sending a group of officers.
“We like to show support to the department’s and the families to the fallen when tragedies such as this occur,” Deputy Chief Keith Carpenter said.
For those who serve, officers from other departments are like extended family.
“It’s definitely a loss for the profession to lose an officer like Sgt. Carter. It’s definitely a loss across the nation,” Powell said.
Sgt. Carter’s funeral is set for Saturday morning. WBRC will carry those services live on air and online.