A fundraiser for a critically wounded Fort Worth officer will take place throughout North Texas Monday as area police departments partner with Chick-fil-A.
Some of the proceeds from 18 Chick-fil-A locations will go to Officer Matt Pearce, who was wounded in a shootout on March 15 in west Fort Worth. Pearce, 36, was listed in critical condition on Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The fundraiser, organized by the the Mansfield Police Officers Association, will include 12 area police departments in Tarrant, Parker and Hood counties. The agencies involved: Fort Worth, Arlington, Watauga, Burleson, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Granbury, Westworth Village, Benbrook, Roanoke, Lake Worth and Weatherford.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Monday, 20 percent of the restaurant sales will go to Pearce. At some locations, 20 percent of the sales all day will go to the Fort Worth officer and his family.
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Team Pearce T-shirts will be sold at some Chick-fil-A locations and proceeds will go to the fundraiser. In addition, cash donations will be accepted at the fast-food restaurant locations.
Residents can go to Mansfield POA Fund Raiser for FWPD Officer Pearce to find the locations of participating Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Pearce, 36, was chasing a father and son in a wooded area on the afternoon of March 15 when he was shot multiple times with a handgun.
Ed R. McIver, 42, who had a long criminal record, was killed by police and his son was taken into custody. Ed McIver Jr., 20, was in the Tarrant County Jail Sunday in lieu of more than $2 million bail. He is charged with attempted capital murder and possession of a controlled substance.
Staff writer Christian Boschult contributed to this report.