Man Who Shot Officer In Head Five Years Ago May Be Set Free

Former Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head during a traffic stop in 2013.

Alexandria, VA – A man who shot an Alexandria police officer in the head in 2013 may soon be conditionally released to live on his own, according to the officer.

Kashif Bashir opened fire on Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy on Feb. 27, 2013, after the motorcycle patrol officer pulled Bashir over in Old Town, WRC reported.

Officers pursued Bashir, who eventually crashed in Mt. Vernon, and took him into custody.

While Bashir sat in jail awaiting trial for attempted capital murder and aggravated malicious wounding, the injured officer struggled to recover from the effects of his horrific gunshot wound.

He had to learn to speak and to walk again, and was ultimately forced to retire from the career he loved due to his traumatic brain injury, WRC reported.

A long scar across his head serves as a sobering reminder of the miraculous recovery the father of four has made, but his life has irreversibly changed.

“I’m not 100 percent the way I was before,” Laboy told WRC in a recent interview.

During his 2014 trial, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Scheneman testified that Bashir was a paranoid schizophrenic. He said that on the day of the shooting, a voice told Bashir to rape or murder a woman, shoot an officer, and to lead police on a pursuit.

On Oct. 2, 2014, Bashir was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and was remanded to the custody of the Commonwealth’s Commissioner of Behavioral Health, WUSA reported.

He was later transferred to the North Virginia Mental Health Institute, but his mental health treatment providers and lawyer recently determined that he was well enough to live on his own in an apartment in Prince William County, WRC reported.

Bashir has also already been granted permission to leave the facility to make unsupervised trips to a mosque and other locations.

“Up to this time, I cannot even drive, so why am I suffering from what he did and now he's going to get out and walk free on the street?” Laboy asked.

The former officer said that his injury has contributed to the breakup of his marriage, and that he is concerned about how news of Bashir’s release may affect his youngest sons, who are now 9 and 11 years old.

“Supposedly he’s not able to get a gun, but...anybody can get a gun anywhere,” Laboy told WRC. “And I don’t know what’s in his mind.”

“I hope that what I went through doesn’t happen to anybody else,” the former officer said.

The outcome of Bashir’s request for conditional release will be determined on June 7.

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joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

So they found a jury dumb enough to believe this mental excuse....What a low life and shame on the lawyer who defended him...While there are good lawyers who defend the innocent, unfortunately there are those who get the guilty off the hook
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777333
777333

He needs to be Kept behind bars for the rest of his POS LIFE, He difinitly Shouldn’t be getting a get out of jail Card he needs to be left in prison for the rest of his life without a chance of Parole!!!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

If he was found not guilty because of his then "mental status", he DAMN sure can be tried again for being sane! This is bull shit in the liberal workings of not protecting the blue. Attempted murders seriously get off with a scum bag system allowing them to decide how long they sit in prison and these "immigrants" get away with not being deported.
His sentence needs to be revised

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

If he is now sane, he should be tried and convicted and allowed to spend the remainter of his miserable life in a "gated community!"

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

Why didn't they wait to prosecute this a-hole, until he was fit to stand trial. He should have been held in a secure facility, until he was competent enough to stand trial. If this perp is a legal immigrant, his visa needs to be revoked and he needs to be sent home, with a no return stipulation.

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