FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A shootout between Fort Worth police and a fugitive and his son on Tuesday left one suspect dead and an officer critically wounded, authorities said.
The shootout began after Fort Worth police fugitive task force officers tried to apprehend 43-year-old Ed McIver Sr., who was with his 20-year-old son, Ed McIver Jr. The elder McIver was killed in the exchange of gunfire. His son eluded officers before being captured hours later with a rifle, authorities said.
McIver Sr. was wanted on three felony warrants — for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault/family violence and bail jumping, according to Fort Worth police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracey Knight.
The elder McIver was driving when officers asked him to pull over his vehicle. He instead drove off. Father and son eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area, according to authorities.
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said police were pursuing the men when gunfire was exchanged between the suspects and several officers. It was unclear whether one or both suspects fired.
The police department identified the injured officer, Matt Pearce, late Tuesday night in a statement. Pearce has worked for the Fort Worth police department since 2009.
Pearce sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported by helicopter to a downtown hospital, according to Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for emergency responder MedStar.
A handgun was found near the elder McIver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His son was found after hundreds of law enforcement officers scoured a 2-square-mile perimeter in west Fort Worth.
Police say charges of criminal attempt of capital murder, evading arrest and unlawful carrying of a weapon are pending against McIver Jr.