Colorado Springs police asks for birthday cards for wounded officer

Posted at 7:52 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 22:01:51-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking the public to help boost the spirits of a wounded officer and is soliciting birthday cards for officer Cem Duzel.

Officer Duzel was shot during an altercation with a suspect on Aug. 2.

Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, 31, an Iraqi refugee accused of critically wounding Duzel, had been drinking and became confrontational before the shooting, according to authorities.

Duzel is currently being treated at a Denver rehabilitation hospital.

Colorado Springs police took to social media Friday, asking the public to make his upcoming birthday special.

You may send birthday wishes to: Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 ATTN: Lt. Black.