Man who reportedly shot Officer Cem Duzel in the head to undergo mental health evaluation

The man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs officer in the head is expected to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Left: Officer Cem Duzel Right: Suspect Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi Photos courtesy CSPD/EPSO

A judge made the decision about a mental health evaluation on Friday in the case against Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi. He reportedly shot Officer Cem Duzel, who was responding to reports of shots fired just east of downtown Colorado Springs last Summer. The decision has the potential to really slow down the trial.

Trying to figure out if someone is competent to stand trial can take months. The same issue has come up in the trial against self-proclaimed Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear.

Al Khammasi is facing attempted murder charges for the shooting that happened last July. Office Duzel is still recovering from the injuries after he was shot in the face.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is trying to lift the spirits of Officer Duzel during his recovery. They have been sharing photos of his hero, John Cena, in different locations including his hospital room and police headquarters. The department is saying they are trying to get the real John Cena to visit their hero, Officer Duzel.

Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi is expected back in court later this month.

The officers who shot Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, the man accused of critically injuring Officer Cem Duzel in a shootout over the summer were justified in doing so, the district attorney's office said Tuesday.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said Duzel was ambushed by gunfire while responding to a shots-fired call just east of downtown on the morning of Aug. 2. Duzel and the suspect, who police have identified as 31-year-old Al Khammasi, traded gunshots, ending with injuries to both. A police corporal who arrived on scene seconds later found both men sprawled on the ground. Al Khammasi was allegedly still holding his gun, and the corporal fired his weapon to disarm him.

Duzel suffered a gunshot wound in the head, an injury he is continuing to recover from two and half months later. Al Khammasi was also hurt, but not as seriously, and was released from the hospital two weeks before Duzel was even released from the ICU.

According to state law, officers have the right to use deadly force on a suspect in the following circumstances:

(a) To defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force; or
(b) To effect an arrest, or to prevent the escape from custody, of a person whom he reasonably believes:
I) Has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon; or
II) Is attempting to escape by the use of a deadly weapon; or
III) Otherwise indicates, except through a motor vehicle violation, that he is likely to endanger human life or to inflict serious bodily injury to another unless apprehended without delay.

The district attorney's office says the investigation reveals both Duzel and Cpl. Ron Carter were justified under state law in shooting the suspect.