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Update: Police Officer Shot Identified as Peter Laboy

Officer stopped an Alexandria Yellow Cab minivan during a routine traffic check and was shot outside of Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy.

Update 8:30 p.m. — The Alexandria Police officer shot Wednesday morning has been identified as Peter Laboy, according to a statement from the Alexandria Police Department.

Officer Laboy, 45, is a 17-year veteran of the department, working for the past six years as a motorcycle officer in the Motor Unit.

The suspect is Kashif Bashir, 27, of Woodbridge, Va. He is in custody and 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.

Laboy was wearing a bullet-proof vest but was shot in the head, according to statements made at a police news conference Wednesday evening.

Laboy was honored for his years of service to the department during the city’s 2012 Employee Public Service Awards program.

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An Alexandria police officer was shot Wednesday morning during a routine traffic stop in Old Town Alexandria, according to a City of Alexandria spokesman.

A Motor Unit officer stopped the driver of an Alexandria Yellow Cab minivan after the police department issued a look out for a cab regarding a minor offense, Alexandria Communications Director Tony Castrilli told Patch.

Soon after, the Department of Emergency Communications began receiving emergency calls reporting an officer down, he said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was flown to Medstar Washington Hospital Center from the fields outside of Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and is currently in critical condition. The officer is currently undergoing surgery, according to Castrilli.

Castrilli said Police Chief Earl Cook is currently at the hospital and is expected to make a statement Wednesday evening when the surgery is complete.

NBC4 reports the critically injured police officer from the Alexandria Police Department is a 45-year-old male, a 16-year veteran on the force who has spent six years as an officer with the motorcycle division.

The driver of the cab fled the scene and a patrol officer spotted the vehicle going south on Washington Street into Fairfax County, according to a city news release.

A police chase ensued and Fairfax County Police took over the situation when the cab entered their jurisdiction. The cab crashed off Fort Hunt Road and the driver was arrested, according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesman Don Gotthardt.

Alexandria Yellow Cab General Manager Kyle Summers told Patch that neither of the two drivers assigned to the cab involved in the incident was working at that time.

The Alexandria Police Department did not return multiple calls.

alex 68 February 28, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Agreed... taxi drivers (especially in Virginia) are a bad lot. They should be screened and regulated extensively.
alex 68 February 28, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Agreed. Sometimes events like this are eye-opening. We as citizens shouldn't feel like we should repress ourselves. Rising up with civic action does not "capitalize" on the misfortune of others-- it is our civil duty. We have this thing called life and liberty to protect in our city. More to the point, not all crime in undeterable/preventable. It hard to tell whether this Bashir guy could have been stopped. But, sometimes we as citizens need to push our leaders to beef up regulations/protections that serve and at least try to keep bad people away from have certain privileges (like driving a cab in our city).
CT February 28, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Uggh - "an" officer - I hate bad grammar and especially my own.
Lynne Leonard March 01, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Officer Laboy becamea motorofficer because his uncle had been a motorofficer in Alexandria. That fact alone is truly admirable! His family is devastated & his children haven'teven been told yet.
Randall Arnold March 12, 2013 at 05:39 PM
So, what happened to the jerk that shot him. Haven't heard anything else beyond him being taken into custody and charged with Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. Seems to me it should have been attempted murder, at least as far as the shot to the head. That in itself constitutes a serious intent to commit murder. But hey, what do I know?

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