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Officer Peter Laboy visits police headquarters first time since being shot in the head

10:17 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Alexandria police motorcade that has been missing one of its own since a bullet sidelined him, arrived at Officer Peter Laboy's home, to provide a special escort for their wounded friend.

Laboy is wearing a helmet because part of his skull was cut away after he was shot in the head on February 27 while making a traffic stop.  The driver of a yellow cab has been charged in the shooting.

The partial skull removal is a common procedure for gunshot wounds to the head,  as it allows the brain to swell. A friend says fragments of the bullet remain in Laboy's head, also not uncommon for these injuries.  What is remarkable is Laboy's fast progress. 

Sgt. Brian Thompson calls it miraculous. 

Friend and fellow motor patrol officer Neal Sharma says he's been amazed at Laboy's recovery.  He says he's seen progress everyday with his speech, movement and cognitive abilities and memory.  

Laboy returned home from the hospital on Tuesday. He and his wife Susi have four boys 14 years old and younger.  Friends say his family has been an inspiration for him and that it's been a relief for him to be home. 

Today, was the first chance many of his fellow officers got to see him since he was shot.  Since Laboy was in ICE at first, many officers have not be able to see him until now.  It was an inspiration for many in the police department to witness  Laboy's resilience and human spirit.  He's not only walking and talking, but laughing. 

The motor patrol escorted Officer Peter Laboy and his wife straight to police headquarter where the police force greeted him with open arms and gratitude for what's he suffered and how far he's come. 

Laboy will be continuing with his rehabilitation program  for up to a year or more.  Doctors are not sure how much Laboy will recover, but fellow officers fully expect to see him back on the force, back on a motorcycle someday. 

Peggy Fox

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