FORT WORTH, Texas - A Fort Worth officer injured in a shootout back in March returned to work Tuesday.
Officer Matt Pearce was shot seven times in far west Fort Worth as he chased a fugitive and his son. He suffered life-threatening injuries and underwent several surgeries. He spent nearly two months in the hospital.
Pearce is still recovering, so he will be working part time on light duty. He’ll work about four hours a couple days per week helping with record keeping for the tactical medic unit.
He said he is excited about working, especially for the tactical medical unit. He credits one of its members with saving his life on the day of the shooting. He hopes to be back to full-time duty in March.
"I was ready, I was ready and what I tell the recruits now I was ready for the worst day of my life I was hoping I would never have to face it but I was ready for it," Pearce said.
Pearce said people still ask why he would return to the police department at all. He said this is the job he loves and he's proud of the patch and badge that he worked so hard to earn.
Fort Worth police are working on a documentary about the shooting and Pearce's recovery.
The father involved in the gun battle, Ed Mciver Sr, was killed. His son faces charges of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence.