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Man accused of shooting police officer declared incompetent for trial

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The taxi driver accused of shooting an Alexandria police officer in the head in February has been found mentally "incompetent." Kashif Bashir has been ordered to a state mental hospital for further treatment. 

Alexandria Circuit Judge James C. Clark received a confidential medical report from psychiatrist Anita Boss. In his order, the judge wrote, "pursuant to the provisions of Virginia Code.... the defendant at this time does not understand the proceedings against him, is unable to assist his attorney in his defense and specifically requires inpatient hospital treatment..."

Attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense agreed with the evaluation and with the judge's order remanding Bashir to a state mental facility.

A further evaluation hearing has been scheduled in six months, although if the director of the mental hospital contacts the judge, it's possible that hearing could be moved up. Typically, that would happen only if the hospital administrator came to believe the patient's competency has been restored.

Bashir is accused of shooting Alexandria motorcycle policeman Peter Laboy in the head in late February. Laboy survived the shooting, but family members have said he faces a long road to recovery.

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