Man pleads not guilty to shooting Colorado Springs police officer

Source: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of a Colorado Springs police officer in August 2018.

Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi entered his plea Friday, about a month after a judge ruled he was fit to stand trial. A trial date was set for Feb. 18.

Al Khammasi, 32, is charged with shooting officer Cem Duzel, causing a serious brain injury. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony menacing and illegal possession of a weapon.

Court records said Al Khammasi had been slated for deportation in 2016 until a change in immigration law meant his felony trespassing conviction was no longer grounds for removal.

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