BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It’s been more than a week since Birmingham police Sergeant Wytasha Carter was shot and killed, and another officer severely wounded.
So far, no suspects names or charges have been announced. Birmingham city officials say they want those responsible brought to just as much as anyone, but also urge patience while the investigation plays out.
“There is no one more than me, the mayor of our city who is responsible for the public safety in our city, to make sure that a person that’s a cop killer is held responsible,” said Mayor Randall Woodfin. “And so for the people that want this person held responsible, I want them held responsible too.”
The investigation into Carter’s death currently rests with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
“While there is an open active investigation, we do all things in a measured way to make sure we get the outcome Sgt. Carter’s family deserves,” said Woodfin.
When WBRC has asked ALEA about those responsible, we were told any name was being withheld because the investigation is still on-going.
“I’ve been in contact with them. I know what is going on with the investigation,” said Birmingham Chief Patrick Smith.
The chief also adds while charges have not been filed, people should not read anything into that.
“Absolutely not. You know I think that Danny Carr (Jefferson County District Attorney) has taken a very thoughtful, reasonable approach and I support him 100 percent,” he said.
Smith also told WBRC last week, one of the suspects had been released from jail.
When asked directly Monday, he said that person is still a suspect but could not say why he was let out, again citing the on-going investigation.
Woodfin meanwhile describes the healing process for the city as continuing.
“The outpouring of the people, not just internally in our community but around the nation, I think our community is in that healing process in a very positive way,” said Woodfin.