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Man charged with shooting Durham officer

Posted July 2, 2009
Updated July 3, 2009

— A Durham police officer was shot around 4 a.m. Thursday while responding to a call about gunfire and a break-in at South Square Townhomes, 3300 Shannon Road, Apt. 5-A.

Investigators said that Thomas Rashawn Monroe, 23, fired from inside the apartment as officers approached. Officer D.J. Youmans, 32, was shot once in the stomach after a bullet went under his vest, Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

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Youmans underwent surgery at Duke Hospital and was in stable condition.

"I'm hopeful for a good recovery," Lopez said. “He’s progressing, fortunately, and we are still praying for him.”

Monroe, of 3300 Shannon Road, Apt. 5-A, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $250,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday morning.

Youmans had only been a member of the force for about a month, Lopez said. Before that, he worked with the New York Police Department for two years.

Youmans was accompanied on the call by a training officer. The Durham officers followed protocol, Lopez said. Neither of them fired any shots.

“You have to know who you are shooting at,” Lopez said. “You can't just shoot randomly into the dark or inanimate space if you don't know what is behind it.”

Police were questioning four people who were inside the townhome. They were trying to find the weapons used in the shooting.

Residents said they were trying to process what they heard. Nakyah Bell, who lives across the street, said she was asleep when she heard as many as 10 shots.

"(It was) scary a little bit because you don't know where bullets are coming from. And just laying in bed, you don't know if a bullet is coming from this way or that way," Bell said.

In a 911 call released Thursday afternoon, a caller reported hearing four shots. The woman said one of the bullets hit her wall, and two others went into her door.

During the call, gunfire can be heard in the background. “They still shooting,” the woman screamed.

Youmans' family was coming from New York to be with him as he recovers.

Monroe's first court appearance was set for Monday morning.


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  • 1carpe Jul 3, 2009

    This young person (he is not a man) will get some type of prison sentence, where he will be a hero to his cell mates for shooting a LEO. After a few years he will get out and will most likely kill the next time.

  • Truthis Jul 2, 2009

    Monroe, of 3300 Shannon Road, Apt. 5-A, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. He was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

    I don't understand why they didn't charge him with attempted murder of the police officer?

  • ncmickey Jul 2, 2009

    A Raleigh cop was shot at today also. Dont see anyone trashing Raleigh....
    I stopped trying to defend Durham on here. Some people like to trash Durham at every step. I have lived here 15 years. I love it.
    It is no worse than Raleigh, WS or Greenboro

  • pompey Jul 2, 2009

    I agree public hanging, though Purdue would make it Pay Per View to raise more money!

  • donewithecu Jul 2, 2009

    This is why we need to bring back public hangings! Who cares about human rights if someone kills someone in cold blood you are no higher than a roach. This officer could have died thank god he didn't, it wasn't time. Hope your recovery is a speedy one!

  • readerman Jul 2, 2009

    God Bless the officer and may he make a speedy recovery. Whatever we are paying officers these days, it isn't enough.

  • Professor Jul 2, 2009

    This young man's parents apparently did not raise him right, particular in the area of showing respect to officers and anyone older than himself. I hope the courts gives this young man 10 years in prison. I sure hope the officer will be OK and thanks for protecting us all.

  • gammasandi Jul 2, 2009

    Prayers for your recovery Officer Youmans-and thank you for risking your life in protecting us-God Bless You!

  • luv2teachnc Jul 2, 2009

    Officer Youmans, wishing you a speedy recovery! You are a brave and respected gentleman. Thank you for your service.

  • Tired Of Excuses Jul 2, 2009

    Someone who shoots a LEO will shoot anyone.

    Like a friend of mine said, the perp's you know-what-is "grass" and Durham PD is the lawn-mower!