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Wounded Durham officer returns to duty

Posted October 21, 2009

— A Durham police officer who was shot on duty three months ago returned to duty this week.

Officer D.J. Youmans, 32, was shot on July 2 while responding to a call about gunfire and a break-in at South Square Townhomes, 3300 Shannon Road.

While his recovery continues, Youmans is on light duty, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. He has not returned to patrol.

Investigators said that Thomas Rashawn Monroe, 23, fired from inside the apartment as officers approached. Youmans was shot once in the stomach after a bullet went under his vest.

Monroe was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Emergency Chaplains, which ministers to first responders, raised more than $3,800 in donations to help pay for Youmans' medical expenses.

Youmans joined the Durham Police Department in early June. Before that, he worked with the New York Police Department for two years.


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  • garnertoy Oct 21, 2009

    glad you are back

  • johnny2times Oct 21, 2009

    welcome back brother!

  • freedomrings Oct 21, 2009

    Why wasn't this creep charged with attempted murder??

  • Blondie Oct 21, 2009

    Ive been praying for your recovery. I'm so glad to hear you are doing better. As a long life Durham citizen, a heartfelt thank you for the job you do to keep us safe. God Bless.

  • concerncitizen Oct 21, 2009

    Welcome back, Officer D.J. Youmans! If you like, when you want to, get back out on patrol.......:):)

    If you don't mind, let me use you to shed a little light on health care reform. No way should you have any concerns about your health care. Period!

  • EZeegoing Oct 21, 2009

    Thank you for what you have done and for your sacrifices.

  • tootie Oct 21, 2009

    Welcome Back!!! Glad your getting better Thank you for your continued service to protect. Thank you to all law officers & may God keep all of you safe.

  • f6rider Oct 21, 2009

    Office Youmans thank you for the service to our community. Believe in yourself that your making a difference in the community, because you are!

  • bcarolinabreeze Oct 21, 2009

    Welcome back and glad you're recovering. Thanks for your sacrifices.

  • VivaceConBrio Oct 21, 2009

    Welcome back! Glad you're ok!