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Second mental evaluation ordered for suspect accused of shooting CSPD officer

Posted at 11:08 AM, May 03, 2019
Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office identified 31-year-old Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi as the suspect in an officer involved shooting on Aug. 2, 2018.

COLORADO SPRINGS – A judge has ordered a second mental evaluation for Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, the man suspected of shooting and critically injuring Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel.

The first evaluation by doctors at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo determined he is competent to stand trial, yet the law allows the defense to request another look at their client’s mental state.

A trial was slated to start on May 13th. As of today, there isn’t a trial date set in this case, pending the results of the evaluation.

Al Khammasi is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, felony menacing, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel
Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel

According to a report from prosecutors, Duzel and another officer responded to the area near Bonfoy and Boulder on a shots fired call in the early morning hours of Aug. 2. Shortly after they responded, Duzel encountered Al-Khammasi, who was walking along Boulder Street.

Prosecutors said that’s when they shot at each other. According to the report, Duzel was hit in the head. Carter shot Al-Khammasi and began administering medical care to each of them.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office ruled in October that Duzel and CSPD Corporal Ron Carter were acting in self-defense and in defense of others when they fired their weapons at Al Khammasi on Aug. 2. Neither Carter or Duzel were charged following the shooting.

Officer Duzel continues to undergo rehablilitation.

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