Birmingham police sergeant killed in shooting, another officer in critical condition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A Birmingham police sergeant was killed and an officer was critically wounded after a shooting early Sunday morning outside a downtown nightclub, according to AL.com.

The deceased officer has been identified as Sergeant Wytasha Carter, according to ABC 33/40.

The shooting took place around 2 a.m. on 5th Avenue North outside the 4 Seasons Bar and Grill. AL.com reports that the officer, sergeant, and one suspect were transported to UAB Hospital's Trauma Center. A second suspect was taken into custody.

AL.com reports the officers were responding to a vehicle burglary before the shooting. An undercover officer noticed at least two people checking to see if vehicles were locked and called for backup.

"The officers approached one suspect and patted him down where they found what they believed to be a weapon. They asked him about it, he armed himself and fired upon our officers," said Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith during a press conference.

The officer remains critical at UAB Hospital. Smith said he did not immediately know the condition of the suspect who was wounded.

“This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the dangers all law enforcement face while we sleep," said Jay Town, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama in a statement. "While they keep us safe.  While they do the job.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the officers, the officer still fighting for life, and the fallen officer whose end of watch came much too soon.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin went to Twitter to ask for prayers.

The following videos are from the procession, recorded by ABC 33/40.

This story will continue to be updated as we have more information.