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Wounded Durham officer to return to patrol

Posted January 18, 2010 12:50 p.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2010 2:51 p.m. EST

— A Durham police officer who was shot on duty last July is expected to return to patrol in the next few weeks.

Officer D.J. Youmans, 32, was responding to reports of a break-in and gunfire at South Square Townhomes, 3300 Shannon Road, on July 2. He was shot once in the stomach and underwent surgery at Duke University Hospital. He spent more than three months recovering from the injury before returning to desk duty in October.

Thomas Rashawn Monroe, 23, pleaded guilty last month to assault with a deadly weapon and common law obstruction of justice in the shooting. He said he heard gunfire outside his apartment earlier that night and fired his gun through his front door as Youmans and another officer approached because he thought they were people trying to break in and harm his family.

Monroe was sentenced to 29 to 44 months in prison, suspended to six months behind bars and three years on probation.

Youmans joined the Durham Police Department in June after spending two years with the New York Police Department.