Fort Worth

This officer almost died in an ambush. Now he’ll testify against one of the accused

Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce was shot five times during a pursuit in March more than two years ago.

Doctors did not think Pearce would live.

On Wednesday, Pearce is expected to take the witness stand and testify against Ed Russell McIver Jr. , who along with his father was involved in a gunbattle with police on March 15, 2016.

Pearce was chasing a wanted man, Ed R. McIver, 42, and his son, after he and other officers stopped their SUV on a semi-rural road in far west Fort Worth between Interstates 20 and 30, west of Loop 820.

The McIvers abandoned their SUV and ran into a wooded area in the 400 block of Longvue Avenue after they stopped.

Officers gave chase and were soon met by gunfire. Officers returned fire and killed McIver’s father, who was being sought on felony warrants. Pearce was treated at the scene by a tactical medical officer and was later taken to John Peter Smith Hospital suffering from seven gunshot wounds, with two of the five bullets creating entry and exit wounds.

More than 100 officers scoured the muddy, wooded area around Longvue Avenue for almost three hours before capturing the younger McIver.

It took Pearce almost a year to recover and return to police work.

Court records show that the younger McIver was no-billed in June 2016 on the charges of attempted capital murder and possession of a controlled substance. Theft of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance charges were dismissed on Aug. 10, 2016, court records show.

In May, McIver was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence with the intent of impairing the investigation. He’s accused of hiding two guns and leading police away from his father the day of the shooting. If convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison and a fine.

This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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