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Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy Continues to Make "Miraculous" Recovery
On April 23, 2012, Officer Peter Laboy returned home after spending nearly two months in the hospital recovering from a gun shot would to the head sustained on February 27. Family and friends are overjoyed to have Officer Laboy home. His homecoming represents a step forward in Officer Laboy's rehabilitation, which is expected to take up to a year.
On February 27, 2013, Officer Peter Laboy was shot while making a traffic stop in Alexandria. Officer Peter Laboy continues to amaze his doctors, friends and family with his progress. He has been moved from the ICU to a step down rehabilitation program. His recovery is expected to take up to a year. Doctors are unsure as to the extent Officer Laboy will recover from his injuries.
As Officer Laboy recovers, his family, friends and coworkers, as well as, residents and business owners continue their efforts to help with fundraisers and a blood donation drive. On March 10, a fundraiser was hosted by Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town and the Alexandria Police Association. The event included a live and silent auction. Amazingly, over 3,000 people came to show their support. Initial estimates indicate the event raised over $75,000 for the Laboy family. On March 21, the Police Department and Inova Blood Services hosted a Blood Drive in Support of Officer Laboy in the Community Room located at Police Headquarters. Additionally, the Alexandria Regional Tea Society (A.R.T.S.) and Murphy's Irish Pub hosted a fundraiser for Peter Laboy on Sunday, March 24. The event was held at Murphy’s Irish Pub and included a raffle and silent auction.
The Alexandria and law enforcement communities have gone above and beyond to show their support for Officer Laboy. From monetary donations and households items to cupcakes for Officer Laboy’s children, the overwhelming generosity and care shown has been awe-inspiring. The Laboy family and the Alexandria Police Department would like to thank the amazing employees, residents and business owners of Alexandria. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy Seriously Injured in Shooting
On February 27, Officer Peter Laboy was seriously injured during a routine traffic stop that resulted in a shooting. At 11:44 a.m., an officer with the Alexandria Police Department issued a look out for a yellow cab regarding a minor offense. Almost immediately, a Motor Unit officer spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Shortly after, the Department of Emergency Communications began receiving 911 calls for an officer down. The officer was flown to Medstar with life-threatening injuries.
A patrol officer spotted the vehicle heading Southbound on Washington Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle sped off. A pursuit ensued into Fairfax County where the Fairfax County Police Department took over. The suspect vehicle ultimately crashed. Fairfax County Police are handling that accident scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the officer was shot and is listed in critical condition. Officer Laboy is a 45-year-old, 17-year veteran of the police department. He has spent the past six years as a motorcycle officer in our Motor Unit.
Donations are being accepted by the Alexandria Police Association on behalf of the Laboy family. Anyone wishing to help the Laboy family can drop off a donation at the Alexandria Police Department, 3600 Wheeler Avenue or send a donation to:
APRIL 21: "Laboystrong Mile" at the 2013 GW Parkway Classic 5K & 10 Miler
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