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Wounded Colorado Springs officer taking breaths on his own

Officer showed movement Friday morning

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UPDATE Aug. 9: Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel is taking some breaths on his own, a sign of continued progress after he was shot in the head a week ago.

Duzel is in the hospital recovering after being shot early Aug. 2 while responding to a call of shots fired near Bonfoy and Boulder St. He's still in critical condition but is stable, according to CSPD.

The latest update on Duzel's condition was given at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday.

One suspect is still in custody and recovering from a gunshot wound after the shooting. Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, 31, is being held on at least $1 million bond after being charged with attempted first-degree murder and multiple other charges.

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Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel is continuing to recover after being shot in the head Thursday, and the department said Monday that he's currently stable.

Duzel is still in critical condition at Memorial hospital, but CSPD wrote on Twitter that he's taking some nutrients and tolerating it well. Several family members are by his side at the hospital.

Duzel's family would like to express their sincere thanks for all that has been done, from doctors and staff to members of the community.

Duzel was shot early Thursday while responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Bonfoy and Boulder. One suspect is in custody facing charges of attempted first-degree murder for the shooting.

We'll continue monitoring for any updates to Duzel's condition.

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The man accused of shooting Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel in the head Thursday morning has officially been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced the charges Friday morning against 31-year-old Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi. Al Khammasi is in custody after Duzel was shot near Bonfoy and Boulder before 3 a.m. Thursday.

Duzel and several other officers responded to the area after multiple people called in reports of shots fired. That's when they encountered Al Khammasi, and a shootout occurred, according to the sheriff's office.

Duzel was still listed in critical condition Friday, though the police department said he had shown movement in the hospital. He underwent surgery Thursday morning.

Al Khammasi was also injured but was treated at the hospital. He was also charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender and felony menacing. He has a history of felony charges in El Paso County and was due in court Friday for a previous charge he received in January of this year, of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. He couldn't make that appearance due to being in the hospital.

That charge from January occurred while Al Khammasi was on parole. The Department of Corrections told KRDO NewsChannel 13 he served four months in prison, was paroled in April of 2016, and his parole ended in March of 2018. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Al Khammasi was in jail from January 9 to March 14 for that possession by a previous offender charge. 

Criminal defense attorney Jeremy Loew said Al Khammasi was allowed to be released, as his parole wasn't keeping him in jail. 

"Once his parole was finished in March, he was immediately eligible to post bond on any new cases and he can be released from jail, even on a new case," Loew said. 

Loew said the only ways to hold someone without bond is if they're charged with a felony level one, like murder or kidnapping. People can also be held without bond if it's a probation revocation or a parole violation. 

"Otherwise, you're presumed innocent and you have a right to be released with bond," Loew said. 

A prayer vigil for Duzel is scheduled to take place at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Boulder Park, 1210 E. Boulder Street.


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