WWE Champ John Cena Visits Officer Recovering After Being Shot In Head

Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel was shot in the head while responding to a call in 2018.

Suffolk County, NY – WWE superstar John Cena made a trip to New York to spend time with a Colorado Springs police officer who was shot in the head in the line of duty in 2018.

Colorado Springs Police Officer Cem Duzel was released from Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, on Sept. 24, and returned to his home state of New York to continue his recovery, KDVR reported.

In August of 2018, Officer Duzel was responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Boulder Street and Bonfoy Avenue, when he was shot in the head by 31-year-old illegal immigrant Karrar Al Khammasi.

Al Khammasi was wounded when additional officers returned fire, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

In the weeks and months that followed, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) posted photos of a Cena figurine in various locations around the department on social media, encouraging the WWE star to come visit the wounded hero.

Officer Duzel referred to Cena as his “hero,” KDVR reported.

On Friday, the 16-time world champion made his way to New York to surprise Officer Duzel at his Suffolk County home, WWE Network reported.

“Remember all those posts of a John Cena figurine showing up around the police station, encouraging the WWE star to visit Officer Duzel in person?” the CSPD wrote in a Facebook post. “Well, it finally happened!”

The department shared photos of the resilient officer’s meet-up with Cena, including the moment that the celebrity presented Officer Duzel with an exact replica of his championship belt, KDVR reported.

“What a nice guy,” Officer Duzel’s father, Mumtaz, told the news outlet. “It really made his day.”

“Cena said, ‘you are the perfect candidate for that, living my motto. Never give up. You are not giving up. You’re fighting,’” according to Mumtaz.

He said that Officer Duzel was “just beside himself” about the meeting, and that he couldn’t stop smiling.

“I must admit I did not know the extent to which John Cena does for law enforcement officers, military and Make a Wish Foundation,” Mumtaz told KDVR. “I can’t say nicer things about the man. We need more people like him.”

The CSPD thanked the community for helping to make Officer Duzel’s dream come true.

“Thank you to John Cena for supporting our hero along his journey!” the department posted. “We are amazed, humbled, and beyond thankful.”

Back in March, Cena also sent Officer Duzel a personal video message that was later posted to Facebook by the CSPD.

"I saw on the web machine your story, your fantastic story of perseverance and grit just in the face of adversity," Cena said in the video. "You are surrounded by those you love and those who support you and I think that's extra special."

Cena also noted that he saw photos of Officer Duzel with the action figure perched on his shoulder.

“Is it that maybe when times get a little difficult, you need somebody to punch?” he jokingly asked the officer. “That’s okay. I’ll be that guy.”

“Or maybe, it’s because of the three words that I hold so close to my heart – never give up – words that you embody,” Cena said.

"I think your journey and your perseverance and strength has been amazing," he continued. "I wanted to send you a personal message to thank you for putting you story and your message on the internet."

“Any way that I can help, I am very honored to be part of such an amazing story,” Cena added.

Al Khammasi pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first-degree murder, felony menacing, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, KKTV reported.

His trial has been set for Feb. 18, 2020.

Comments (12)
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Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Birds of a feather flock together - Champion magnetism. Cena is a class act, and as far as I’m concerned Officer Duzel is solid steel, unlike the useless pussy perp who even managed to f**k up a murder with a shot to the head.

007karley
007karley

Huge thank you to John Cena. Very kind of him.

Bailey17
Bailey17

Truly amazing for this amazing WWE/Actor to take the time to visit one of our men in blue that’s been in an accident! Thank you Officer Duzel for protecting the community and Mr. Cena for taking the time to visit one of your most devoted fans!

We9erfam
We9erfam

John Cena a true class act a down to ear TV h guy to actually do this ty John Cena for helping this police officers recovery.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

True class act showing support for the blue!!! 💙

hleinen
hleinen

Please turn the bad guy over to ICE now and place a "state trial hold" on him. ICE will return him to state custody during the trial and then he can carry out his sentance in federal custody before being reunited with his motherland, that is of course if he is elegable for parole in the distant future.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Will be interesting to see what happens at the trial. So far nothing has appeared in the media that would justify, or mitigate, the shooting.

I wonder whether stricter federal gun control would have prevented this tragic brain injury. After all, Khammasi didn't make his own gun.