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Shot Officer’s Family Says He Has Opened His Eyes

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Officer Peter Laboy (Credit: Alexandria Police Department)

Officer Peter Laboy (Credit: Alexandria Police Department)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC) — The wife of the Alexandria police officer who was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop Feb. 27 has created a website to update the public on his progress and collect donations for his recovery.

Doctors said last week that Peter Laboy, a 45-year-old veteran motorcycle officer, is lucky to be alive. He suffered a “catastrophic injury” when he was shot in the temple while attempting to make a traffic stop in Old Town Alexandria.

“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’s wife’s latest post on the site says he has opened both eyes and continues to follow commands. Last week, the officer underwent several hours of surgery.

“I’m hopeful but cautious,” Orlowski said then, adding that Laboy had demonstrated movement in 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.

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 also accepting donations for the Laboy family.

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