New details about the shooting of Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy emerged Wednesday during a court hearing for the suspected shooter.
The suspect, Kashif Bashir, is charged with malicious wounding of a police officer.
An Alexandria officer testified that on Feb. 27, he responded to a domestic disturbance call at a business on St. Asaph Street in Old Town following an employee's interaction with a man who later drove away in a taxi. The officer then saw the cab driver, identified as Bashir, and told him repeatedly to pull over. The officer added it was as if Bashir was looking right through him as he drove away.
A BOLO alert was issued; and Ofc. Laboy responded, pulling the accused over. During testimony Wednesday, it was learned that Laboy had stopped his motorcycle and was just getting off it when he was shot in the head.
Bashir, who lives in Woodbridge, led police on a chase before he crashed on Fort Hunt Road near Belle View Boulevard and was taken into custody.
Authorities allegedly found inside Bashir’s vehicle a loaded Sig Sauer P250 semi-automatic handgun with 13 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Also, there were six cans of Natural Light beer, but only two were empty, according to testimony.
Bashir listened intently to today’s testimony but showed no emotion. His family declined to comment after the hearing.
Laboy’s wife was in the courtroom, as were officers from the Alexandria Police Department.
Meanwhile, colleagues say the progress Laboy is making is remarkable.
"He is laughing and smiling, and his personality is back. It's amazing to see the change," said Alexandria Police Sergeant Brian Thompson, who saw Laboy last week.
He says Laboy, encouraged by the support from family, friends and the community, is walking, talking and fighting.
Thompson added, "Peter is a pretty determined guy. He has a lot to live for…his family and friends, and he wants to come back."
The case will go to the grand jury on May 20.