Colleagues of the Alexandria Yellow Cab driver accused of shooting an Alexandria police officer said they were stunned to hear one of their own was involved in the incident.
Woodbridge resident and Pakistan native Kashif Bashir, 27, was being held without bond Thursday after he was charged with malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and use of a firearm in connection with the shooting of 45-year-old Officer Peter Laboy during a routine traffic stop.
“All our drivers are very concerned with what happened,” Yellow Cab general manager Kyle Summers said. “I’m shocked. I cannot believe this took place.”
Mr. Summers could not comment on the company’s policy for carrying guns in cabs, but he said the taxi service was fully cooperating with police.
“We don’t really know much about what took place,” he said. “We’re just really concerned with the officer and his family.”
Officer Laboy was a 17-year veteran of the police department and had been assigned to the motorcycle unit for the last six years.
Alexandria police chief Earl Cook called Officer Laboy a “cop’s cop” at a late night press conference outside of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the injured officer was recovering from surgery.
Police continued to investigate what led to shooting and frantic police chase across county lines.
A spokesperson for the Alexandria police said Officer Laboy was shot at about 11:44 a.m. near St. Asaph and Wilkes Street in Old Town Alexandria, when he approached Mr. Bashir’s cab for a minor offense. Witnesses in nearby homes and at the Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy reported hearing gunshots.