COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 8/21/18:
Another positive update came from the Colorado Springs Police Department on Officer Cem Duzel on Tuesday.
They posted the following to social media:
Again, we're so happy to report that Cem continues to move forward. Yesterday was a momentous day, as Cem was released from Intensive Care. He continues to be treated by Memorial Central staff.
Visitation continues to be restricted by doctors and family. Please respect this request. For the time being, all visitation is by invitation only.
The support and love this department and community has shown to Cem and his family is nothing short of incredible! His family is overwhelmed by the hundreds of cards and beautiful gifts Cem has received.
Colorado Springs police provided an update on Officer Cem Duzel's condition on Friday stating it has improved from critical to serious and stable.
The department posted the following on Facebook:
Cem has had an active day today, as his treatment continues. Please keep Cem and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Cem's family has been thinking of words that best express the depth of their gratitude for our department and the community's continuing and steadfast support for Cem. Thank you just doesn't seem to convey what it means to his family for the countless online messages, prayers, and cards urging Cem to keep fighting. Just know that Cem's family is so very grateful!!
The Colorado Springs Police Department provided a positive update on the officer shot in the line of duty in Colorado Springs on Thursday.
The department posted the following on social media:
UPDATE: Cem continues to fight!! He is still critical, but stable after some intense medical interventions yesterday. We are happy to report Cem is taking some breaths on his own.
Cem’s family is humbled and appreciative for all of the kind messages of encouragement and support from our department and the community.
The suspect, an Iraqi refugee, made his first court appearance on Thursday. Karrar Noaman Al Khamassi is facing multiple charges including attempted murder. His bail wes set at $1 million and his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 16.
UPDATE (8/6): Colorado Springs Officer Cem Duzel and the man who allegedly shot him both remain hospitalized.
Suspect Kassar Noaman Al Khammasi was listed on the court docket Monday to make his first appearance before a judge, but a spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed he was not yet well enough to be booked into the county jail, and therefore would not be in court Monday.
Officer Duzel remains in critical condition. He continues to be listed as stable.
Al Khammasi, 31, has a laundry list of criminal charges to his name, including assault, trespassing and criminal extortion. Born in Iraq, he has resided in the United States since 2012, when he was granted refugee status.
A guilty plea on a trespassing charge ultimately resulted in a deportation attempt in 2015, after Al Khammasi violated the terms of the probation sentence he was given. A Department of Homeland Security official told our news partners The Gazette that the deportation proceedings were halted by an appeals court in 2016 after the court found problems with the trespassing conviction meeting immigration law's definition of a violent crime. The Supreme Court later came to a similar conclusion.
U.S. refugees must undergo intense vetting and often wait years before finally being granted refugee status. The Gazette spoke with several officials who work with immigrants, who told our partners the vast majority of refugee resettlements are successful -- a case like Al Khammasi's is the exception, not the rule.
Officer Cem Duzel remains stable, but in critical condition, as he continues the fight for his life following Thursday's shooting.
Friends and family have remained at his bedside. Through the police department, they thanked the community for their support.
The man accused of shooting Duzel is still in the hospital, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
CSPD says Officer Cem Duzel remains in critical condition, but had some movements on both sides of his body overnight. They are asking the community to continue to keep Officer Duzel in their thoughts and prayers.
A prayer vigil for Officer Duzel was held Friday night at 7:45 p.m. on the east side of Boulder Park next to Memorial Hospital. Those who stood up to speak in support of Officer Duzel included family members of a fallen deputy and another deputy who was injured in a shooting.
The mother, father and son of El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick stood in front of the dozens who gathered. Flick was shot and killed in the line of duty on Feb. 5.
"We want to be here to show the community that Cem is our brother and we want to see him be brought to healing, and to be able to get back out and do what he loves to do," Flick's brother-in-law Chris Brown said at the vigil.
Deputy Scott Stone was working alongside Deputy Flick when he was also shot. Stone continues to recover from the shooting but also stood in front of the large crowd gathering to pray for Officer Duzel.
"It shows support," Deputy Stone stated when asked why he attended the vigil. "I remember when I was on the other side of that glass fighting for my life. He's going to need continued support, probably for years to come."
ORIGINAL STORY (8/2): A Springs police officer is in critical condition after he was shot near downtown early Thursday morning. The suspect was publicly identified just before 3 p.m. as Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi.
The officer was one of several who responded to several 911 calls reporting gunshots just southeast of downtown. When they got there, they were ambushed by gunfire. While exchanging shots, both the officer and the suspect were hit.
Officer: "Get me medical here right now! I've got officers down! Hurry up, get up here!"
Dispatcher: " Medical code three now, they're coming, they're in route.
Officer: "He's got a gunshot wound ... get 'em here now."
Officer: "Suspect is down as well." -Excerpt from dispatch tapes
Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey identified the officer as Cem Duzel while briefly addressing the media at the hospital where Duzel is currently being treated. Duzel has been the police force for five years and is currently serving as a patrol officer.
"I appreciate the outstanding work of Memorial Hospital and the staff here to help Officer Duzel," Carey said.
Al Khammasi reportedly did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the shooting.
In accordance with Colorado law, an outside agency will be investigating the officer-involved shooting. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigator in this case.
The area where the shooting happened was blocked off for several hours, but is now back open. Citizens were advised to avoid the area of Boulder Avenue and Swope Avenue.
As law enforcement officers pray for their fallen comrade to pull through, Kirby said there's a sense of horrible deja vu.
"We were just talking yesterday at a meeting how sadly this is becoming the norm. We've had four officers -- three deputies, one officer -- that were shot [this year]. We know Micah died in February, and then we just had one of our SWAT officers a few weeks ago, and now this. It's very, very hard. We've got people on scene that put on their badge every day, they serve and protect this community, and they know that one of their brothers in arms is now critically injured and they've still got to press on and do their jobs."
Carey echoed the sentiments while speaking with reporters.
"This has been an extremely difficult year with law enforcement officers being hurt or killed, particularly in our region," he said. "Please keep Officer Duzel, his family, and the Colorado Springs Police Department in your thoughts and prayers."
Anyone who wants to donate to help Officer Duzel and his family can do so by calling 719-634-0058 or by mailing donations to 516 N. Tejon St. Donations will be used to help Officer Duzel and his family with the upcoming expenses they face.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 719-520-6666.
Carey's full remarks can be seen below: