Bashir declared fit to stand trial

Bashir declared fit to stand trial
Peter Laboy was carried into a helicopter after being shot in the head by Kashif Bashir while on duty in 2013. Derrick Perkins, who was Times editor, won a Virginia Press Association award for this photograph.

By Erich Wagner (File Photo)

The man accused of shooting an Alexandria police officer in the head during a traffic stop last year has been declared fit to stand trial after six months in a state mental hospital.

Kashif Bashir, 27, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Bashir allegedly shot Officer Peter Laboy on February 27 at the intersection of South St. Asaph and Wilkes streets.

Last July, a city circuit court judge ordered Bashir be remanded to a mental hospital for six months after his defense attorney reported that the defendant claimed people were communicating with him telepathically. According to media reports, the institution reported to the court Thursday that Bashir is now medicated and mentally stable.

Laboy has recovered significantly since the incident, appearing publicly last summer at a first responders’ awards luncheon. His family has a lawsuit pending against Alexandria Yellow Cab, who employed Bashir at the time of the incident.

A trial date has not been set.