The man who shot a Virginia police officer in the head five years ago will ask the court for his freedom next month.

Alexandria police Officer Peter Laboy was on motorcycle patrol in Old Town Feb. 27, 2013, when he tried to pull over a taxi driver wanted for suspicious activity. The suspect – Kashif Bashir – shot Laboy in the head. Bashir led police on a chase before he crashed and was arrested in the Mt. Vernon area.

But Bashir, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after trial evidence showed a voice in his head commanded him to shoot Laboy, NBC Washington reports.

A long scar crossing Laboy’s head is the most outward sign of the shooting, but despite his miraculous recovery, he’s angry that while he still struggles with the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury, Bashir will seek conditional release.


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