WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy is livinga miracle.
Two weeks after someone shot him in the head, he's walking and talking -- even with bullet fragments still lodged in his brain. Doctors say they've never seen anything like it.
The picture released at Medstar, Washington Hospital Centerl is almostunbelievable... Peter Laboy in his wife Suzi's arms looking right at the camera after suffering what doctors called a catastrophic brain injury.
"This is a miracle," says Dr. Janis Orlowski, the hosptal's chief medical officer.
Neurologists say the Alexandria Police officer's odds of surviving the handgun shot to his head were one in a million. "I've been at this for 27 years," says Dr. Orlowski. "This is one for the books. It really is."
Thegunman's motive is still a mystery. Laboy had pulled Kashif Bashir over after two women shopkeepers felt threatened by his behavior.
But police say, it's still unclear if they had evidence to charge him with a crime when he allegedly opened fire.
"We don't have a clear motive for what drove this particular man," says Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook.
Doctors say it's still unclear if Laboy will ever recover his ability to hold a fluid conversation... but he is walking with help... he can speak a few words... he recognizes his wife and his fellow officers... all with a bullet fragment still lodged in the center of his brain.
"He had a bullet wound that went through his temple," says Dr. Orlowski. "It did not exit. It hit the other side of his skull. And there were pieces that were in there, and you can see a ricochet that comes back with fragments."
Just four days after surgery, Dr Orlowski says he showed a remarkable will to live. "I actually walked in and he opened one eye, and he went like this," she says, waving her hand hello.
Laboy's moved now from Medstar Washington Hospital Center to the Rehab Hospital next door... and it may take a year of rehab before doctors can offer a clear prognosis.
On Thursday, police held a press conference about his recovery and released a photo of Officer Laboy at the hospital with his wife.
The City of Alexandria has stepped up in support of Officer Laboy and his family. A big auction event was held at Old Town's Virtue Feed and Grain restaurant recently. Donations poured in for the injured officer.
There are now two other events in honor of the officer:
- On March 21, the police department and Inova Alexandria are holding a blood drive in the Alexandria Police Department Community Room on at 2600 Wheeler Avenue.
The event goes from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
You can schedule an appointment at inova.org/donateblood. Click on Schedule a Donation and then Donate Blood. Use Sponsor Code 7980 -- or call 1866-BLOODSAVES
- The Capital Area Law Enforcement Foundation will be hosting an event On April 21, at TopGolf in Kingstowne. All proceeds will be donated to the Laboy family.The cost is $25 and includes food and two drink tickets. There will also be a silent auction. For more information, visit: http://www.dccopsclassic.com/Fundraisers.html