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Critically Wounded Fort Worth Officer Suffers Serious Setback

March 22, 2016  | 

Officer Matt Pearce (Photo: Fort Worth PD)
Officer Matt Pearce (Photo: Fort Worth PD)

A Fort Worth police officer, who was critically wounded last week in a gun battle with a wanted man, has suffered a serious set back in his recovery..

In a post Tuesday on Officer Matt Pearce's GoFundMe page attributed to the officer's wife, she wrote:

“Update: I am having a hard time posting this as I have yet to inform all our family of Matt’s status but I feel prayers are needed now for Matt. We suffered a pretty big setback. Matt’s abdominal incision came completely open during a coughing fit he had. Likely the fact that his gut was full of air contributed to this. He ended up having surgery and they cleaned out his gut and his abdominal cavity. To give him the best chance of healing, the doctor chose to leave his incision open with a wound vac and they will close it up in another day or so. Also, they did confirm he aspirated and they were able to do a bronchoscopy and wash out his lungs. Thank the Lord they didn’t take out his breathing tube today! Thank the Lord they were able to clean out his lungs! He will likely be back on sedation but I’m okay with that for now. Please now pray for his electrolytes as his numbers were off before this and pray that despite surgery they will improve. Also pray for infection to stay away and that the doctors will be able to close his belly without further complications. I love you all for praying for my husband and that he will be able to kiss his girls again. We were also able to bless Matt’s surgeon with an oreo cupcake too.”

Officers were trying to arrest Ed McIver Sr. last Tuesday, on aggravated assault charges and for jumping bail, when gunfire broke out as he fled with his adult son. McIver Sr. was killed by police. Pearce was wounded.

The suspect's 20-year-old son, Ed McIver Jr., was arrested and remains jailed on charges of attempted capital murder, evading arrest, unlawful carrying of a weapon and drug possession, CBSDFW reports.

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j dunbar @ 3/22/2016 4:21 PM

Hi. I know that many in his department ar rooting for his recovery and Many in his community hope to see him through this ordeal that he and his family are struggling with. I was a corrections officer for approximately 8 and a half years. I no longer am due to different reasons that i dont want to go into now. However I am aware of the stresses that the job in law enforcement can affect one in daily living. I am not married nor do I have children so i cant imagine how this is affecting you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. And i am hoping for a full recovery of his condition back to the health he enjoyed previous to this incident. I am hoping for him to open his eyes and ask to see his girls, to kiss and embrace you and them. I will pray that infection remains at bay and doesnt interfere with healing. You have your police family that are there willing to help you with anything you may need. Please let them help too. I am sending prayers for your families. Thx.

notmeofficer @ 3/22/2016 5:24 PM

We send you our prayers brother


kevCopAz @ 3/22/2016 5:34 PM

Never stop fighting, never! We will never stop praying for you brother! Hang in there.

Bob peterson @ 3/22/2016 6:43 PM

In North Carolina, we are praying for Officer MAtt Pierce.

JD Theman @ 3/23/2016 6:23 AM

Our prayers go out to Officer Pearce and his family. From your brothers in Ohio.

TX Lawman @ 3/23/2016 6:50 AM

Prayers to you brother Pearce and your lovely family. May the great surgeon, our Lord heal you soon. My brother has been to see him many times and prays with him and his family. Bless your family!

Ironcop @ 3/23/2016 8:58 AM

God's blessings and healing to you, brother. Be strong. Don't let the shitheads win. We've got your back. May God bless you and your family during this tough time.

Rick Valentine @ 3/23/2016 5:44 PM

My prayers are with you every minute, Matt. You WILL get through this!

Robert @ 3/25/2016 5:35 AM

Prayers sent to you brother. Prayers for your family as well. May God watch over you and help heal you completely.

OryGun Cop @ 3/25/2016 9:36 AM

May God's healing be upon you brother and return to your family in good health soon. Prayers from Oregon.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 2:05 PM

We from the Cochise County Sheriffs Explorer Post 417 send our prayers brother. I'm not a Deputy yet, but I still feel like all these Police Officers, Deputy's, and State Troopers are my brothers and sisters. We are praying for your recovery, as well for your wife and children too.

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