The officer shot multiple times during a gunfight Tuesday afternoon remains in Intensive Care Unit at John Peter Smith Hospital and a suspect is in jail.
Officer Matt Pearce, 36, who works patrol in the West Division, was shot as he and other officers engaged a father and son on the run in a wooded area in west Fort Worth.
Ed R. McIver, 42, was fatally shot by police. A handgun was found near McIver’s body.
His son, Ed R. McIver Jr., 20, was captured more than three hours after the shooting and was being held Wednesday morning at Mansfield Jail with his bond set at more than $2 million.
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Dozens of officers and community leaders have remained at JPS to support Pearce and his family.
The Fort Worth Police Twitter account said Pearce’s “family is by his side comforting him. Keep him in your prayers.”
Before the shooting, the McIvers from Parker County led officers on a chase that ended about 3 p.m. on a semi-rural road in far west Fort Worth between Interstates 20 and 30, west of West Loop 820.
Linda McIver of Weatherford, mother and grandmother of the men, said she does not believe her grandson shot Pearce.
“My son? That’s possible, but not my grandson,” Linda McIver said. “He’s not dangerous. He’s got a heart of gold.”
She said she needs to see her deceased son’s body for her mental well-being.
“I've got to see if for myself,” Linda McIver said. “I've got make sure for my own sanity.”
Officers ‘met with gunfire’
The chase started about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday as officers were attempting to stop an SUV occupied by the McIvers to serve felony warrants on the father when the vehicle took off, police said. After a 15- to 20-minute pursuit, the chase ended in the 400 block of Longvue Avenue with the two men running into a wooded area.
Officers followed, and a “minute or two” into the foot chase, “officers were met with gunfire,” the news release said.
Pearce was shot, as other officers returned fire, hitting one of the men, identified as the elder McIver, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
After Pearce was hit, other officers used a trauma kit to administer medical treatment before they carried him to the helicopter ambulance.
“He was awake, alert and very vocal in the emergency room,” said an officer who had been briefed on the wounded officer’s condition by Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald. “That’s the fighting spirit we want to see.”
Officers scoured the area around Longvue Avenue for almost three hours before capturing the younger McIver.
He faces charges of attempted capital murder, evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon, the news release said.
The McIvers had first been spotted by a fugitive task force a team of U.S. marshals, deputies from the Parker County Sheriff’s Department and Weatherford police.
“We had a stack of warrants on” the elder McIver, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
The offenses in the warrants included assault, interference with an emergency call and two for skipping out on bail. The Fort Worth news release included the offenses of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault/family violence.
The fugitive officers, in plain clothes and unmarked cars, asked for assistance from Fort Worth police but before the McIvers could be stopped, they took off in the silver Ford Escape, heading down Hulen Street to Vickery Boulevard and eventually to westbound Interstate 20.
A woman and her mother said they watched two men in a SUV speed by on the I-20 frontage road, followed by three waves of patrol cars. Christina Robinson estimated the suspects were driving “90 to 95 miles per hour as they got on the freeway.”
About 15 minutes later, the men stopped the SUV in the 400 block of Longvue and ran into a muddy, wooded area.
After the shooting and Pearce had been transported to JPS, a manhunt for McIver began.
Manhunt was intense
A witness, who declined to give his name, described a chaotic and confusing scene as the shooting unfolded.
“It looked like all hell broke loose,” the man said. “Cops came from everywhere. We saw them ead south of Camp Bowie West. We thought maybe a bank had been robbed.”
As police searched for McIver, streets in the area, including Longvue and Chapin Road, were blocked.
As more than 100 officers searched through sometimes muddy terrain near Mary’s Creek, residents in nearby homes were told to stay indoors.
Several dozen law enforcement vehicles set up a perimeter within about a two-mile radius of the shooting. An officer with a tactical rifle could be seen scanning a creek from his perch at an overpass along Camp Bowie West.
At the nearby Lost Creek Golf Course, four police cars were parked along Northview Drive where many well-appointed homes include back yards opening up to the woods where the suspect was believed to be hiding. Officers a few hundred feet apart moved through the area, peeking into the trees.
Still other officers gathered at Linklea Drive and Linkhaven Drive behind the Temptations Caberet near where Camp Bowie West Boulevard meets Interstate 30, to discuss strategy before fanning out into the residential and roadside commercial area.
The news release said detectives will determine if one or both McIvers fired at officers. A handgun was found near the body of the father. When the younger McIver man was caught, he had a rifle.
Lengthy criminal record
Linda McIver said her son had moved away from Weatherford four to six months ago. She didn’t know where he moved, adding that they were somewhat estranged.
“We just didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,” she said.
Linda McIver said she used to have a good relationship with her son, a father of five who remains married but is separated from his third wife.
“We were all very close. We got together on the weekends about every other weekend. We’d go out to eat, come here and play cards or dominoes,” she said. “He did things with his children and wife. They were always going camping or doing things together.”
But after serving time in prison, her son returned home a changed man, Linda McIver said.
“Once he came home, it was like none of that existed anymore,” she said.
The elder McIver’s criminal record from the early 1990s in Parker County includes theft of livestock, assault with bodily injury, burglary of a building and unlawfully carrying a weapon, public records show.
Tarrant County court records show he was sentenced to five years in prison on Sept. 9, 2003, on felony convictions for aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon and evading arrest. He was convicted of displaying a gun and fleeing from a North Richland Hills police officer that March.
A few days after being sentenced to prison, he also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of evading arrest during an encounter with Crowley police in October 2002. He got a 120-day jail sentence.
“ He told me they would never take him back” to prison, Linda McIver said. “That if he got in any more trouble, that they would never take him back alive. I believed that with all my heart and soul.”