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UPDATED: 03/16/2016, 4:50 AM
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth police officer was shot multiple times and one of two suspects killed in a gun battle that erupted after a police chase in west Fort Worth Tuesday afternoon.
Officer Matt Pearce was flown by CareFlite helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the mouth, leg and upper shoulder, police sources said. He also suffered a cardiac contusion (likely from the impact of the bullet to his vest.)
He was listed in critical condition late Tuesday night.
Officer Pearce has worked with the department since 2009 and is part of a fugitive unit that was serving felony warrants.
“We are all in this together and hope for the best,” said Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson. “It’s a tough day for everyone.”
It happened near I-30 and Longvue Avenue after a police pursuit that started at I-30 and Hulen ended there as the suspects fled on foot toward a heavily wooded area.
“Police were pursuing the men when gunfire was exchanged between the two and several officers,” said Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.
“I counted 30 vehicles, and I thought ‘something really bad is going on,’ ” said one witness, who described the suspect’s truck as light silver.
A manhunt for the second suspect, identified as Ed McIver Jr., 21, lasted hours Tuesday afternoon into early evening. A perimeter was quickly set and the search for McIver Jr continued. He was believed to be armed and dangerous therefore tactical teams were called to assist along with multiple local, state and federal agencies.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., McIver Jr. was located within the two-square mile perimeter and was captured without further incident. McIver Jr. was in possession of a rifle when he was captured. He was taken to police headquarters to be questioned by major case detectives.
McIver was then taken to the Mansfield jail. A check of the jail’s online portal Wednesday morning showed bond had been set at more than $2 million and that the suspect faced charges of criminal attempted capital murder of a peace officer, evading arrest, and unlawfully carrying a weapon – among other charges.
His father, Ed McIver, Sr., 43, was declared dead at the scene; a handgun found near his body. He was wanted for felony warrants including Aggravated Assault, Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Family Violence and multiple bail jumping warrants.
By nightfall, dozens of police officers went to JPS Hospital in support of Officer Pearce. He underwent surgery and was heavily sedated while recovering in the ICU Tuesday night.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price spoke about meeting the his wife, who’s a nurse, during a press conference from the hospital.
“I visited with his wife just a little while ago. She is an incredibly strong woman and she wanted every one of your viewers and readers to understand that she feels their prayers.”
A local restaurant donated food for the police department staff camped outside the hospital.
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