Colorado Springs officer wounded in shooting remains in stable but critical condition

Colorado Springs police officer Cem Duzel. (Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Police Department officer gravely wounded in a shooting early August remains in stable but critical condition more than a week after the incident.

Officer Cem Duzel, 30, was responding to a call early morning  on Aug. 2 when a suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting at him, according to authorities.

A tweet by the department on Aug. 11 said there is “no significant change” to the officer’s condition.

On Aug. 4, hundreds attended a prayer vigil to support Duzel. His parents thanked the community via a tweet from CSPD.

31-year-old Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi is facing several counts in the shooting. On Friday, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Al Khammasi had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and felony menacing. He is being held without bond.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Al Khammasi is an Iraqi immigrant who had at least nine contacts with police during his five years living in the Colorado Springs region. The newspaper said it is unknown which type of visa Al Khammasi used to enter the U.S. and why he was not deported following the crimes.

Al Khammasi has spent time in jail for driving while intoxicated, trespassing and misdemeanor assault.

Those wishing to donate to help Duzel and his family with expenses related to his injury can call the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association Fallen Officer Relief Fund: 719-634-0058. Donations can also be dropped off or mailed to: 516 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, 80903.

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