Update on Officer Peter Laboy can be found below (April 23).
Sami Ullah of Leesburg, Va. was killed instantly while driving his 2008 BMW M5 when he struck a curb off the Key Bridge.
Ullah, 22, was driving 80 to 90 miles per hour, according to Arlington County Police. Two passengers, also from Leesburg, were in the car when Ullah was coming from Georgetown to Arlington early Sunday morning on March 10.
The Loudon Times, WJLA7 and WTOP reported the passengers were injured and taken to George Washington University Hospital. The passenger in the back seat was ejected due to the car flipping over several times before landing.
Cop recovering from shot in the head
Sunday, March 10 was a great day for a fundraiser for Officer Peter Laboy. Local media has been covering the motorcycle officer’s progress since he was shot in the head on Feb. 27 and was not expected to live.
However Laboy is recovering slowly and hundreds came to the Virtue Feed and Grain Restaurant in Alexandria (VA) to support him. Doctors described his injury as “catastrophic.”
The fundraiser was indeed a godsend for him and Laboy’s family. According to WJLA7, his wife Suzanne keeps a journal (blog) on caringbridge.org on her husband’s progress. Her blog has received over 39,000 hits.
The community of Alexandria has donated money to Laboy’s family. Places that are contributing include the Holin Hall Pastry Shop, Kings Jewelry and the Alexandria Police Association. “Sticks signed by the Capitals and shoes by the Wizards” (Washington, D.C.’s hockey and basketball teams) are also items coming as reported by WJLA7.
According to recent reports, the long recovery and expensive medical bills have raised over $90,000.
As to why Officer Laboy is hospitalized, he responded to a call from a boutique in Alexandria where a suspicious man fled in a taxicab. Laboy tried to make a traffic stop in responding when the taxicab driver, Kashif Bashir, opened fire and shot him in the head. Laboy was wearing a bullet proof vest when shot.
Bashir, 27, of Woodbridge (VA), has been charged with “malicious wounding of an officer” and ordered to be held without bond. He has a preliminary hearing set for April 10.
Officer Peter Laboy is a 17-year veteran with the Alexandria Police Department. The father of four is also a volunteer at the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.
Donations for Officer Peter Laboy can be sent to:
Alexandria Police Association c/o Peter Laboy
P.O. box 1228
Alexandria, VA 22313