BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Birmingham police officer injured in a shooting during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon is recovering and in stable condition, according to the police department.

Sgt. Anthony Wheeler, 35, a 10-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department assigned to the Patrol Division West Precinct, was shot several times after conducting a traffic stop involving three auto theft suspects. The shooting occurred at Tuscaloosa Avenue and 12th Street Southwest around 12:45 p.m.

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