A Colorado Springs police officer is in critical condition after an early-morning shooting.
The shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. in the area of Boulder Street and Bonfoy Avenue, which is east of downtown. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the shooting, said officers went to the area to investigate a shots fired call. When they arrived, one of them contacted the suspect in the street. As the other officers approached, the suspect pulled out a handgun, and the officer and suspect shot at each other, according to deputies.
The injured officer has been identified as Cem Duzel. He has been with the department for five years, and is a patrol officer in the Sand Creek division. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, he remains in critical condition at Memorial Hospital.
The suspect, 31-year-old Karrar Al Khammasi, sustained a non-life-threatening injury.
Charges against Al Khammasi are pending. Anyone who knows him or has information about him is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 719-520-6666 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.
Al Khammasi has pled guilty to several crimes in El Paso County, according to court records. He pled guilty to driving under the influence in 2013, felony trespassing in 2013, driving under restraint in 2015, and misdemeanor third-degree assault in 2017.
The area bordered by St. Vrain Street to the north, Prairie Street to the east, Platte Avenue to the south, and Union Boulevard to the west is closed due to the investigation. Eastbound Boulder Street is also closed east of Union Boulevard.
Union Boulevard and Platte Avenue are open in both directions.
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