Officer Critical After Being Shot During A Traffic Stop

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC) — The taxi cab driver police say shot a veteran Alexandria police officer in the head Wednesday morning has been identified as Kashif Bashir, a 27-year-old man from Woodbridge.

The motorcycle officer, 45-year-old Peter Laboy, underwent several hours of surgery this afternoon and remains in critical condition.

Laboy was attempting to make a traffic stop in Old Town Alexandria near the intersection of Wilkes Street and South Saint Asaph Street around 11:15 a.m. when he was shot, police said. He was air-lifted to a local hospital. Information about a possible motive has not yet been released.

The suspect fled the scene, but witnesses called 9-1-1, police said. Shortly afterwards another officer recognized the vehicle, prompting a police pursuit that ended in a crash on Fort Hunt Road between Belle View Boulevard and Wake Forest Drive.

Bashir was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He has been charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is being held without bond.

Laboy is an Alexandria resident, who is married with children, according to his fellow officers.

Path of the post-shooting pursuit:

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