Officer still in critical condition after Aug. 2 shooting


  • Colorado Springs Police Department
Colorado Springs Police Department Officer Cem Duzel was still in critical, though stable, condition five days after allegedly exchanging fire with a suspect east of the Olympic Training Center, according to an Aug. 7 police statement on Facebook.

"Cem’s family would like the community and the department to know that our prayers and positive thoughts for Cem are helping them stay strong and positive," the statement reads.

Duzel, a five-year veteran of the police department, was "gravely wounded" after responding, with other officers, to a "shots fired" call early Aug. 2, according to a statement from the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. The officers encountered an armed suspect, Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, and a gunfight ensued.

Al Khammasi faces multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder, the sheriff's department says. He suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

The Associated Press reports that Al Khammasi is an Iraqi refugee who once faced deportation, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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