A Fort Worth Police Department officer remained in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Tuesday night after being shot earlier in the day when a traffic stop to serve felony warrants went awry. FWPD Officer Matt Pearce suffered seven gunshots – one in the cheek, twice in the arm, twice in the chest and twice in the leg with one hitting his diaphragm and liver. His femur was fractured and his heart bruised – after the joint task force he was working with attempted a traffic stop on Ed Russell McIver Sr. According to a press release from the FWPD, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers assigned to the fugitive unit and the U.S. Marshals Task Force located McIver Sr., a wanted felon. McIver Sr. was wanted on felony warrants that included aggravated assault – deadly weapon, aggravated assault – family violence and multiple warrants for bail jumping.
He was located driving a silver Ford Escape with his son, 21-year old Ed Russell McIver Jr., as his passenger in the vehicle.
Plain clothes fugitive officers were driving unmarked, undercover vehicles. They called for marked units as backup to assist with the stop when they located the suspect vehicle. According to the release, before officers could make the traffic stop, McIver Sr. fled in his vehicle. A vehicle pursuit started in the area of Interstate 30 and Hulen Street, lasted approximately 15 minutes before ending in the 400 block of Longvue Avenue. Both suspects exited their vehicle and took off on foot, being chased by several officers towards a heavily wooded and muddy area.
Within a short time, which police estimate was “a minute or two,” officers were met with gunfire. Pearce was hit at that time. The release said that investigation will determine whether one or both suspects fired on officers.
Officers returned fire and struck McIver Sr., but McIver Jr. was able to escape on foot. McIver Sr. was pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was found near his body.
Medical treatment began immediately on Pearce by fellow officers, while others continued to chase McIver Jr. and establish a perimeter around the scene. Pearce was taken to JPS by a CareFlight helicopter with what were described as life-threatening injuries.
Once the perimeter was established, the search for McIver Jr., who was considered armed and dangerous, continued. Tactical teams were called to the area to assist local, state and federal agencies.
McIver Jr. was apprehended by law enforcement at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the FWPD. He was then taken to 350 W. Belknap St. (police headquarters) for questioning by major case detectives. Charges pending against McIver Jr. include criminal attempt capital murder, evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Pearce, Badge No. 3873, was commissioned as a FWPD police officer in July 2009. He’s assigned to the West Division Patrol Unit.