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Durham officer recovering from shooting

Posted August 18, 2009 2:57 p.m. EDT
Updated August 18, 2009 4:45 p.m. EDT

— A Durham police officer shot on duty July 2 is making a "miraculous" recovery, Ralph Thompson, from Emergency Chaplains, said.

Thompson's group ministers to first responders and is administering a fund to help Officer D.J. Youmans with medical expenses. Emergency Chaplains has raised more than $1,500 for Youmans, Thompson said.

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

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, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said.

Youmans had been a Durham police officer for about a month at the time of the shooting. Before that, he worked with the New York Police Department for two years.

Monroe was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and remains in custody at the Durham County Jail under $250,000 bond.