Two guns seized after shooting

Staff WriterJuly 11, 2009 

— Police found two handguns at an apartment where a Durham officer was shot last week, according to an arrest warrant.

Investigators seized a Hi-Point 9 mm handgun and a Browning .22-caliber handgun from 3300 Shannon Road, Apt. 5-A, after Officer Damon J. Youmans, 32, was shot outside the home July 2.

Youmans and his training officer were responding to reports of gunfire at the residence. Both officers were outside the apartment when shots were fired from inside. Youmans was shot once between his bulletproof vest and gun belt. He is recovering at Duke Hospital after two surgeries. Just about everyone in the department has visited him, Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr. said Friday.

A New York City police officer for five years, Youmans was a Durham officer for less than two months when he was shot.

Thomas Rashawn Monroe, 23, who lives in the apartment where the bullets were fired, has been charged with the shooting. His relatives say someone fired several shots into the home before police arrived and that Monroe was shooting in self-defense because police did not identify themselves. Preliminary reports show officers did identify themselves, Lopez has said. Monroe remained at the Durham County jail Friday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

"Mr. Monroe advised investigator that he had two guns inside his apartment but could not remember if he used both guns to shoot through the door," Durham Police Investigator D.C. West said in the search warrant.

Police also took ammunition, blue bandannas, two black flashlights and shell casings.

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