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Wounded Durham officer returns to duty

Posted October 21, 2009 9:24 a.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2009 11:32 a.m. EDT

— 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.