ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC) — The Alexandria police officer who was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop Wednesday is lucky to be alive, doctors said Thursday afternoon.
Veteran motorcycle officer Peter Laboy, 45, suffered a “catastrophic injury” when he was shot in the temple while attempting to make a traffic stop in Old Town Alexandria on Wednesday.
“It’s actually quite remarkable he’s alive today,” said Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C.
Laboy has undergone several hours of surgery and currently is in critical condition, Orlowski said. She added that brain swelling, which is normal after a severe brain injury, will make the next two-to-three days crucial in Laboy’s recovery.
“I’m hopeful but cautious,” Orlowski said, adding that Laboy is unconscious but has moved his arms and legs. “For now, that remains remarkable.”
Police said Laboy was shot while making a traffic stop on a taxi cab near the intersection of Wilkes Street and South Saint Asaph Street around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The driver fled the scene in his yellow taxi van, but witnesses called 911, 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.
Police took the driver of the taxi into custody, and later identified him as Kashif Bashir, a 27-year-old man from Woodbridge. 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.
Information about a possible motive has not yet been released.
Laboy is an Alexandria resident, who is married with four children, according to the Alexandria Police Department, which is accepting donations for the Laboy family.
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