Fundraising organizers gathered with police chiefs from across the region Wednesday night to present two checks to the wife of wounded Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce.
The money was donated to offset expenses of Pearce’s wife and two young daughters who have become fixtures at John Peter Smith Hospital since March 15, the day Pearce was shot in an ambush set by a fleeing suspect.
At a presentation at the Fort Worth police officers training center, Laura Pearce received a check for $40,701.31 from a fundraiser at 20 Chick-fil-A restaurant outlets. A second check was from the Mansfield Police Officers Association and Chick-fil-A, which raised $113,171.76, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
The grand total: $153,873.07. Other fundraising efforts continue, and it is expected that as much as an additional $100,000 will be added to the total.
On March 15, Pearce was shot during the pursuit of Ed R. McIver, 42, and his son through far west Fort Worth. In a standoff, McIver, who had an extensive criminal record, was shot and killed by police. His son is in custody.
Police officials have not reported how many times Pearce was shot, but the GoFundMe page for his family states he was hit seven times — in the cheek, arm, chest, and leg.