90 Miles From Tyranny : Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting Colorado cop has criminal history, yet avoided deportation, report says

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting Colorado cop has criminal history, yet avoided deportation, report says

An Iraqi immigrant who allegedly shot a Colorado cop Thursday during a shootout has been involved in a string of crimes for the past five years — yet avoided being deported, a report said.

Karrar Al Khammasi, 31, missed his Friday court appearance after he was hospitalized following a shootout with officers in Colorado Springs. Al Khammasi is accused of shooting Colorado Springs Officer Cem Duzel in the head early Thursday morning, leaving the cop in critical but stable condition as of Saturday.

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Before Thursday’s shooting, Al Khammasi was known to immigration enforcement officials due to his nine prior contacts with police, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, 31, is accused of shooting Colorado Springs officer Cem Duzel. (AP)

His first incident was in 2013, when he was charged with drunken driving. About a month later, Al Khammasi was charged with criminal extortion where investigators believe he threatened a man and his family and set a car on fire.

Court records stated Al Khammasi was sentenced to...Read more HERE

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