Homeland Security Says Man Accused Of Shooting Colorado Springs Officer Is Iraqi Refugee
The man who allegedly shot a Colorado Springs police officer is a refugee from Iraq with a “lengthy criminal record,” according to an official with the Department of Homeland Security.
Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, 31, entered the U.S. legally through a Chicago airport in December 2012, the official said. He arrived as a refugee and has lived in the country ever since, according to the official. Al Khammasi lived in the Colorado Springs area as a transient, DHS said.
Since arriving in the U.S., Al Khammasi has faced felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal extortion, trespassing, assault, parole violations and contempt of court, according to DHS. He faced felony weapon offenses as recently as January, the DHS official said.
Some of those charges stem from incidents that happened in Colorado.
Al Khammasi was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2013 for felony trespassing, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
He now faces charges on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and felony menacing in the August 2 shooting of officer Cem Duzel.
Duzel suffered traumatic head injuries that left him in critical condition following the 3 a.m. shootout, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Duzel and Al Khammasi were taken to UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central with gunshot wounds. Al Khammasi’s condition remains unknown.
Duzel, who remains in stable but critical condition, is tolerating nutrients, according to the latest update on social media from the Colorado Springs Police Department.
“Cem’s parents want CSPD and the community to know how much they appreciate the incredible outpouring of support,” according to a tweet. “Please keep Cem in your prayers and thoughts.” ___
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