Alexandria Officer Who Was Shot Now Eating, Sitting Up

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Peter Laboy. (Credit: City of Alexandria Police Department)

Peter Laboy. (Credit: City of Alexandria Police Department)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC) — “Peter is making unbelievable strides hour by hour. It’s surprising but not really. He’s my husband and I know how he thinks and what he’s capable of, especially after this critical week.”

Suzanne Laboy, the wife of the Alexandria police officer who was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop Feb. 27, wrote that in an online journal early Thursday morning.

Her husband’s accomplishments this week include sitting up, eating and even putting his arm around her waist — everyday actions that someone who hadn’t been shot in the temple might take for granted.

But, just a week ago, doctors were amazed that the 45-year-old veteran motorcycle officer and father of four was still breathing.

“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. after Laboy underwent several hours of surgery “I’m hopeful but cautious.”

By late last week, he had demonstrated movement in his arms and legs.

“For now, that remains remarkable,” Orlowski explained then.

Laboy has continued to amaze.

“Looks like his swallowing is good and he tolerated a spoonful of applesauce,” Suzanne Laboy wrote in the journal later on Thursday. “When I asked him how he’s doing today, he answers ‘Good’.”

While documenting his progress, she has also acknowledged that the family is forever changed. But, she writes, they recognize that they are blessed by her husband’s amazing and unexpected progress.

The Alexandria Police Department is accepting donations for the Laboy family. Donations can also be made through CaringBridge.org. The Virtue Feed and Grain restaurant is hosting a fundraiser that will include a silent auction and raffle on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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