Man pleads in police shooting

Thomas Monroe

December 9, 2009 10:45:52 AM PST
A Durham man was in court Wednesday to plead guilty in the shooting of a police officer.

Thomas Monroe, 23, admitted to firing a gun from his apartment in July and agreed to a plea deal on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and obstruction of justice.

A bullet struck Officer D. J. Youmans in the abdomen just below his bullet proof vest. Youmans survived and was in court Wednesday to ask the judge for the maximum sentence.

Monroe made a tearful plea to the court - apologizing to Officer Youmans and telling the judge he was scared for his life and family who were in the apartment at the time.

The shooting happened after police went to a call about shots fired in the Shannon Road area. Monroe's family has said that someone fired into their apartment before police arrived and that Monroe was shooting in self-defense because he thought the shooters were outside.

In court Wednesday, Monroe said he is not a bad person and not a cop hater.

Monroe was given 29-44 months in prison, but that was suspended. He'll have to serve six months of active jail time with credit for the five months he's already served. He'll then be placed on 36 months supervised probation.

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