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Court hearing on Officer Peter Laboy provides new details in the case

6:04 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Proctor says today was the first step in holding 27-year old Kashif Bashir accountable.

Bashir appeared in court for a lengthy 3 1/2 hour preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors described what happened the day Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head. They described what happened just around the corner from the courthouse at a boutique interior design store that set off the horrible chain of events on South St. Asaph Street.

The ex cab driver for Alexandria yellow cab is charged with shooting motorcycle officer Peter Laboy in the head back in late February.

Prosecutors brought detectives, investigators, a forensic expert and a teacher to the stand.

A witness had her Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy 1st graders on the playground. She described how she yelled for them to 'run' inside when she heard the gunshot and saw Officer Laboy crumble to the ground.

Detectives say a high speed chase ensued where speeds reached up to 100 miles an hour.

According to testimony, officers captured Bashir after he crashed his minivan yellow cab. Investigators found empty beer cans in the front seat.

Prosecutors declined to say what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the shooting.

Bashir's family who appeared in court did not want to talk. 

Prosecutors did not say if Officer Laboy would be well enough to take the stand if and when this case goes to trail, he remains the only true witness to his own shooting.

The mystery of a motive remains. We know the chain of events began inside the boutique store. But we don't know exactly what happened there. The officer who responded to a disorderly conduct call says the woman inside was shaken, teary eyed and scared.

The case goes to the grand jury May 20th.

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