Fort Worth police officer shot, one suspect killed

Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 22:09:23-04
Ed Russell McIver Jr.

Ed Russell McIver Jr.

A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and a suspect was killed during a gunfight Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Cpl. Tracey Knight of the Fort Worth police said Ed Russell McIver Sr., who was wanted on several felony warrants, was killed.

His son is on the run, she said, but authorities think Ed Russell McIver Jr. is surrounded and contained in a 2-square-mile area that is very rural.

Police said on their Twitter account that the officer was hospitalized with several gunshot wounds.

“Our officer is alive and we’re happy for that,” Chief Joel Fitzgerald told reporters earlier. “The officer is very lucky at this time.”

The officer was not identified, because family members were still being notified.

Authorities didn’t comment on his condition, but Knight said he was still in surgery hours after the shooting.

Knight said a uniformed officer, at the request of the undercover fugitive task force, tried to make a traffic stop. A 15-minute car chase ensued and it ended with the two suspects running from a vehicle into a heavily wooded area.

The patrol officer, who has been with the department since 2009, and others followed.

Residents in the area were asked to stay inside. CNN affiliates KDAF and KTVT reported the shooting took place in west Fort Worth.

The suspect who was on the loose is said to be armed and dangerous. More than 100 officers were looking for him, Fitzgerald said. The search is hampered by mud and thorny underbrush, officials said.

The father was wanted on charges of aggravated assault of a family member and for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Knight said. He also had two bail jumping warrants. A gun was found near him at the scene of the gunfight, Knight added.