An Iraqi immigrant who allegedly shot a Colorado cop Thursday during a shootout has been involved in a string of crimes for the past five years — yet avoided being deported, a report said.
Why Karrar Al Khammasi wasn’t deported was among the questions left unanswered Friday as his bond was revoked.
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.
On the day he pleaded guilty in 2014 to felony trespassing, Al Khammasi was on an immigration hold, court records show.
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.
The man told police that Al Khammasi’s “behavior began to change when he came into money and was drinking and possibly using drugs,” according to an arrest affidavit.
Al Khammasi pleaded guilty to a lesser felony, first-degree trespassing of a dwelling, and was sentenced to two years of probation, court records show.
He picked up a traffic ticket and was arrested in June 2017 for allegedly punching a person “in the face approximately three times,” court documents show.
In January, Al Khammasi wound up back in handcuffs with an arrest on a weapons charge, possession by a previous offender. A tipster phoned police that his vehicle was outside a North Nevada Avenue motel, and officers later found a stolen .38 Special revolver in his room.
In February, he entered a guilty plea on the 2017 assault case and put up $1,000 cash bail on the weapons case.
Khammasi was charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and felony menacing on Friday. He is being held without bond.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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