Texas police officer in critical condition, suspect dead after shootout

A Fort Worth police officer suffered “life-threatening” injuries and a suspect was dead after a shootout on Tuesday, Fox 4 reported. 

The shootout began after Fort Worth fugitive task force police officers tried to apprehend 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, authorities said.

The shooting took place in an open field off Texas Route 820 in Fort Worth at the end of a chase involving police and the suspects, according to Fox 4.

The Fort Worth Police Department identified the wounded officer as Matt Pearce in a statement late Tuesday. Pearce was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

“I would request everyone please pray,” Fort Worth police spokeswoman Corporal Tracey Knight told Fox 4 earlier Tuesday.

McIver Sr. was wanted on three felony warrants — for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault/family violence and bail jumping, Knight said.

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.

Law enforcement fanned out across the wooded area looking for the other suspect, Knight said.

The elder McIver was dead at the scene. His son was found after hundreds of law enforcement officers scoured a 2-square-mile perimeter in west Fort Worth.

Footage from news helicopters showed numerous police officers at the scene along with a  medical helicopter.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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