It sounds like a movie script. Armed robbery suspects speeding down 395, across the 14th Street Bridge--taking shots at the officers in pursuit.
But it really happened, and one of the officers in the line of fire that day in October of 2001 was Officer Peter Laboy, the same Alexandria Police Officer now fighting for his life after being shot in the head Wednesday during a traffic stop.
The incident in 2001 began at A and A Pawn on Mount Vernon Avenue.
"He was one the officers who pursued them into Washington," Owner Albert Pasquali says.
Sgt. Jesse Harman described the police chase back then as life threatening for Officer Laboy and Officer Luis Torres.
"At several times during the pursuit, a passenger in the suspect's vehicle hung out the window, pointing a gun at the officers just near the 14th street bridge of 395. He fired two shots at the officers' vehicles," Harman said.
The suspects crashed their white station wagon at 19th and Independence and the shooter jumped out and ran. Officer Laboy chased him down.
"Caught up with him, arrested him and was instrumental and getting the return of our merchandise," Pasquali says.
Pasquali says Officer Laboy became not only a customer over the years, but a friend. News that he'd been shot in the head Wednesday, after a traffic stop, was heartbreaking.
"It's really tragic what happened to him,"Pasquali says.
Officer Laboy's wife Suzanne is now posting updates on his condition, online at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/peterlaboy.
At 6:30 Saturday she wrote, "This is nothing short of a miracle. I guess there was a reason I went into nursing. I feel like my husband looks right now- peaceful. "
Officer Laboy received the Silver Medal of Valor for his heroic efforts back in October of 2001--getting those two armed felons off the street.
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