Kashif Bashir deemed competent to stand trial in Peter Laboy shooting

Photo: Officer Peter Laboy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - The man accused of shooting at point blank an Alexandria Police officer last February has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Kashif Bashir, the taxicab driver who authorities say shot Ofc. Peter Laboy last Feb. 28, will likely have a trial date set by next Thursday at the latest.

Bashir's level of competency was based on a confidential report released by Virginia's Central State Hospital in Petersburg. He was previously ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Laboy suffered a catastrophic head wound when he was shot near the intersection of Wilkes and St. Aspah streets near Old Town Alexandria. He has since made a recovery that doctors have called "remarkable."

He was in court Thursday when Bashir's competency was decided.

Defense attorneys say Bashir suffered from hallucinations and that their client's mental health may deteriorate when he is moved to jail from a state hospital.

Jeff Goldberg contributed to this report.