Man found guilty in near-deadly shooting of CSPD officer

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COLORADO SPRINGS — After deliberations began Tuesday morning, the jury found Karrar Al Khammasi guilty of attempted first-degree murder.

Karrar Al Khammasi El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Karrar Al Khammasi / El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

Al Khammasi is guilty of shooting CSPD Officer Cem Duzel in the head after ambushing Duzel when he was responding to a shots-fired call near downtown on August 2, 2018.

According to police, Duzel and Al Khammasi exchanged gunfire, ending with both men being shot. Duzel spent months recovering.

Al Khammasi was also found guilty on several other charges, assault of a peace officer, menacing, and prohibited use of a weapon by a previous offender.

Al Khammasi is an Iraqi refugee and during the court proceedings he had an interpreter letting him know what was being said. He stood emotionless as the verdict was read.

Neither, the defense team nor the prosecution commented after the verdict.

Sentencing for Al Khammasi is scheduled for Thursday, August 19.

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