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Road to recovery challenging for local police officer shot in the head

Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy is pictured with his wife Suzanne inside his hospital room. (Alexandria Police Department)
Police officer copes with traumatic brain injury

jamie Forzato | November 15, 2014 6:44 am

WASHINGTON – It’s been more than a year since Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head by a cabdriver during a routine traffic stop. He survived, but the road to recovery has been difficult for him and his family.

“What happened to me, usually people don’t survive that,” Laboy says.

With bullet fragments still lodged in areas of his brain that control personality and behavior, doctors say his physical recovery has been miraculous. But Laboy still suffers from seizures and simple tasks can be frustrating. He tells The Washington Post he gets agitated easily and has lost interest in some of the things he once loved to do, like volunteering for the police department he served for 17 years.

“Everybody sees me and they see me walking around and doing stuff and they say,


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