The iraqi refugee charged in Colorado cop shooting had long criminal background, ” but was never deported, DHS official says



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An Iraqi refugee with a long criminal background,” managed to avoid deportation despite a series of crimes, culminating in the recording of a Colorado cop on Thursday, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

The official told Fox News that Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, 31, received a RE1 of refugee status in 2012 and has remained in the United States since that time. Al Khammasi traveled to the US in December 2012 on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Chicago, Ill.

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

“Al Khammasi has a long criminal background, dating back to November 05, 2013 with various crime and misdemeanor charges, ranging from criminal extortion, trespassing, assault, parole violations, and contempt of the court, to the crime, weapon offences, as recently as January, 09, 2018,” the official said.

The Iraqi refugee, who is being held without bail, was indicted for attempted murder after he shot Colorado Springs Officer Cem Duzel in the head early Thursday morning. The agent was in critical but stable condition as of Saturday.

Al Khammasi was already known to law enforcement prior to Thursday’s shooting. His run-ins with the police began a year after he was in the USA when he was charged with drunk driving, the Colorado Springs Gazette first reported. About a month later, in 2013, Al Khammasi was charged with criminal extortion after investigators determined that he threatened a man and his family and a car is on fire.

The police said Friday Officer Cem Duzel had movement on both sides of his body during the night and has family and friends at his side in the hospital.


Court records listed Al Khammasi was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to first-degree the penetration of a dwelling in 2014. Al Khammasi was on an immigration hold that day.

His criminal history continued this year, when Al Khammasi was arrested in January for allegedly possessing a stolen gun. He posted $1,000 cash bail in February and it is free until and with Thursday’s shooting.

Late Monday, The Associated Press reported that Al Khammasi was set to be deported before a 2016 federal court of appeal ruled that a part of the immigration law’s definition of violent crime is too vague. A DHS official told AP that prosecutors ended deportation proceedings against him in October of that year, after the decision of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Al Khammasi missed his Friday to appear before the court on the gun charge, because he was admitted to the hospital after an injury sustained during the alleged police shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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