The Alexandria police officer shot during a traffic stop remains in critical condition Thursday.
Officer Peter Laboy has not regained consciousness since Wednesday's shooting, but he has moved his arms and legs. Dr. Janis Orlowski, the Chief Medical Officer for MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said the next 24 to 72 hours will be critical for the officer's survival.
Officer Laboy is one of those cops who loved his job, riding his Harley-Davidson and enforcing traffic laws in the city of Alexandria. Colleagues say he is a man with many skills. He is a bilingual hostage negotiator who worked part-time providing security at T.C. Williams High School.
He is an officer whose physical condition has so far proved crucial to his survival.
"It's remarkable that he is alive," said Dr. Orlowski. "It's remarkable that he is moving his extremities. This was a catastrophic injury and we have worked very hard to stabilize Officer Laboy over the last evening."
Laboy suffered a gunshot wound to the head after pulling over a taxicab in the intersection of Wilkes Street and S. Saint Asaph Street.
Dr. Orlowski said the bullet that struck Laboy fragmented inside his brain in an area that controls speech and hearing.
"It is obvious he is a very fit gentleman and most people would not have survived this injury," she said.
Fellow officers said they have been overwhelmed with the support they have been receiving from the community and other law enforcement agencies. Now they just need prayers.
"It's a big family for us and I know Peter feels that right now," said Sgt. Brian Thompson of Alexandria Police. "I know his family feels it. I know I feel it and I appreciate it tremendously."
"Just like yesterday, he would come to anyone's aid," said Alexandria Police Lt. Ed Milner. "He paid attention to his radio. His lifelong dream was to be a police officer since he was a small child."
At the scene of the shooting, near the schoolyard where first graders were playing at the time of the assault, someone left flowers with a card for Officer Laboy.
Late Wednesday night, police searched the Woodbridge home of Kashif Bashir, the man investigators say was behind the wheel of a minivan cab when Officer Laboy pulled him over.
Bashir appeared in court Thursday morning where charges were read to Bashir and he was ordered held without bond.
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