BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - One police sergeant was killed and another officer critically wounded in a shooting as they investigated a suspected car burglary in Alabama's largest city.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning outside a nightclub in downtown Birmingham.
Local media report that officials say they have two suspects in custody, one of whom was shot and is receiving medical treatment.
In a release to WBRC, police say they identified the officer killed as Sergeant Wytasha Carter.
Carter, who also served in the U.S. Air Force, joined the Birmingham Police Department after working with the Fairfield Police Department. He is survived by his wife and children.
Police have not released the names of the other officer or the suspects.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said the officers approached two suspects just before 2 a.m., after a plainclothes officer spotted one suspect checking door handles on cars parked outside the venue.
Smith says one suspect opened fire after being confronted by the officers.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Wood tweeted that he was "praying" for the families of both Carter and the injured officer.
Join me in praying for the family of the Birmingham Police officer killed early this morning, and the officer who is currently in the hospital. They were shot while serving and protecting our city. Two suspects are currently in custody. Birmingham police continue to investigate.— Randall Woodfin (@randallwoodfin) January 13, 2019
"As a city, we stand with the families of these officers and the Birmingham Police Department at this tragic time," he said.
News outlets say this is the first Birmingham officer killed in the line of duty in 14 years.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.