Man who shot Alexandria police officer in 2013 released from state mental hospital
ALEXANDRIA — The former cabdriver who stalked a young woman, shot an Alexandria motorcycle police officer and led authorities on a 100 mph chase into Fairfax County five years ago was ordered released from the state mental hospital Thursday after a judge determined he was no longer a danger to the community.
Judge James C. Clark decided, after a 3½-hour hearing, that Kashif Bashir, who had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2014, could live on his own. But the judge imposed numerous conditions including requiring that Bashir stay on his antipsychotic medication, see a team of therapists three times a week, not own or operate a motor vehicle, and remain within 50 miles of his Woodbridge apartment.
“I don’t care what’s best for Mr. Bashir, I only care that the community is protected,” Clark warned the slight 32-year-old who hunched over the defense table. “Mr. Bashir, all you’ve got to do is mess up once and I guarantee you, you will be back in this court and you will not leave by the same door you’re using today.”
In the front row of the courtroom sat Peter Laboy, the former police officer who suffered a traumatic brain injury on Feb. 27, 2013, when he attempted to stop Bashir’s taxi. After multiple surgeries, Laboy survived, but he is unable to return to police work or ride his motorcycle, and his marriage fell apart.
Bashir had been stalking a young woman with the intention of raping her, but when the shop owner where she worked told a police officer of the threat, Bashir took off in his cab. Laboy responded to a radio call for help and encountered Bashir near an elementary school. He was shot in the head before he could completely dismount from his motorcycle. Bashir was caught several miles away, after crashing into another vehicle.
“The more restrictions, the better,” Laboy said after the hearing. “I’m concerned about my family, me, all the officers. I can’t really forget about that . ... I cannot tell you that it’s fair. What happened to me, what happened to my family, I’m still going to treatment two times, three times a week, I still take medication to control my seizures. Yesterday, my doctor said ... you’ve got to take it forever.”
After his arrest, Bashir told authorities that he was obeying voices in his head that told him to rape a woman and shoot a police officer.
He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and substance abuse and has been treated at mental health facilities. A series of psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health workers testified Thursday that once Bashir was on antipsychotic medication, his symptoms disappeared.
There are 278 people in Virginia hospitals who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, and 292 are on court-ordered conditional release plans, according to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.