By Jackie Diaz
ALEXANDRIA, Va — A police officer is in critical, but stable condition after a taxi cab driver shot him during a routine traffic stop, says an Alexandria police spokesperson on Thursday morning. Jody Donaldson says hospital staff continue to monitor any swelling for police officer Peter Laboy.
Forty-five-year-old Peter Laboy, a 16-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, was shot multiple times on Wednesday, police said. Among his injuries was a gunshot wound to the head.
The shooting took place at around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, when the motor officer attempted to pull over the taxi for a minor traffic infraction at Wilkes and South St. Asaph Street in Old Town, police said.
Police said the motive of the shooting is not yet known, but the weapon was recovered.
The taxi cab driver, 27-year-old Pakistan native Kashif Bashir, was arrested after being chased to Fort Hunt Road near Belle View Boulevard, police said.
Laboy was found on the ground with his motorcycle by his side before he was transported to Washington Hospital Center.
Bashir has been charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and use of a fire arm in commission of a felony, police said.
He is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday morning.
The investigation is ongoing.
Reprinted with permission from WUSA9.