Colleagues of wounded officer Perter Laboy say the 16-year veteran is outgoing, devoted to his job and very family-oriented.
Laboy, an Alexandria police officer, was shot during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. MedStar Washington Hospital Center officials said the father of four remains in critical but stable condition. Laboy, 45, suffered a catastrophic gunshot wound to the head, according to Dr. Janis Orlowski, the hospital's Chief Medical Officer. He has not regained consciousness, but Dr. Orlowski said that he has moved his arms and legs.
"Everything Pete does centers around his family," Laboy's colleagues said during a Thursday afternoon press conference. "...he's willing to go that extra step...[for] family."
Laboy is also known for his off-duty work at T.C. Williams High School in his neighborhood. The police cruiser outside his home was the only physical reminder of what happened. But, emotionally, the pain is still there.
"I was frazzled when I saw her cry," said Linda Chavez, who is Laboy's house keeper.
Chavez was in the home when Laboy's wife came back form the hospital Thursday morning.
"He's been so good to me," she added. She says Laboy has four sons.
Ann Corro lives down the block and although she doesn't know Laboy personally, she feels for his family and the law enforcement community.
"Ugh, I don't know. This is so symptomatic of the violence, gun violence. What can I say? It's like every day another person, many people die," Corro said.
Kashif Bashir, the man who police say shot Laboy, will be back in court on April 10 for a preliminary hearing after he was arraigned Thursday morning.