Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting cop has long criminal record: Why hasn’t he been deported?

Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting cop has long criminal record: Why hasn’t he been deported?
Karrar Al Khammasi (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. – Incompetence or politics?]

A man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head in a shootout early Thursday while free on bond was known to immigration enforcement officials, yet evaded deportation despite a string of crimes, court records show.

Why Karrar Al Khammasi wasn’t deported was among the questions left unanswered Friday as his bond was revoked. Cem Duzel, the officer he is accused of shooting, remained hospitalized in critical condition.

The 31-year-old Iraqi immigrant appears to have lived in the Pikes Peak region for at least five years, and he had at least nine contacts with police in that time, according to court records.

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On the day he pleaded guilty in 2014 to felony trespassing, Al Khammasi was on an immigration hold, court records show.


He picked up his first charge for drunken driving in 2013.

A month later, he was charged with criminal extortion in a case that police say was tied to a dispute over a business debt of $25,000, according to court papers. Investigators suspect Al Khammasi threatened a man and his family, and also set a car on fire.

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