An Alexandria police officer is in critical condition after being shot in the Old Town section of Alexandria during a traffic stop.
The officer has been identified as 45-year-old Peter Laboy, a 17-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, and has been a motor unit officer for the last six years.
The suspect taken into custody has been identified as 27-year-old Kashif Bashir, a 27-year-old Pakistani man from Woodbridge, Va. He has been charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Just before noon as first graders were enjoying recess on the playground at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Alexandria Police say the motorcycle officer attempted to stop the driver of a yellow cab near the intersection of Wilkes Street and S. Saint Asaph Street after hearing a call on the radio that the driver had been involved in a minor traffic altercation.
Officer Laboy got off his motorcycle and approached the vehicle, but what happened next is still unclear. Police say the officer suffered a gunshot wound to the head, along with other injuries, and was transported by helicopter to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is currently out of surgery and recovering in the intensive care unit.
A letter to parents, written by the principal of Lyles-Crouch, says the officer was shot twice and the students were immediately rushed off the playground and into the school where it was locked down.
"The vehicle that we believe was involved in that traffic altercation was seen by one of our other officers on Washington Street and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on the vehicle," said Spruill. "The vehicle fled into Fairfax County and was involved in a traffic accident."
During the chase, police say Bashir, the driver of the Alexandria Yellow Cab, hit a white sedan on Fort Hunt Road in Fairfax County. He was then taken into custody.
"He had been renting the vehicle from the owner of the taxi cab," said Kyle Summer, General Manager of Alexandria Yellow Cab. "He's an independent contractor and he was not working at the time."
Bashir had been renting a minivan cab since 2008. His father started doing the same a year later.
Police began searching through the suspect's home in Woodbridge late Wednesday night.
The motive of the shooting is still under investigation.
Police have recovered a weapon from the scene.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-6711.
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