SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University alum and Fort Worth, Texas police officer who was injured in the line of duty will receive a special award on Monday.
Officer Matt Pearce will be given the Star of Texas in Austin Monday afternoon. The Star of Texas is given to honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Officer Matt Pearce will receive the Star of Texas award today at 2:30 p.m in Austin!!!!#welldeserved— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) September 12, 2016
Officer Pearce was shot five times and critically injured on March 15. The shooting happened when a fugitive team tried to pull over a car to serve a warrant. During a brief chase, the two suspects bailed from the vehicle and there was a shootout with officers.
Pearce said doctors pulled five bullets from his body, including one from his face and one from his leg, which he says shattered his femur.
Pearce is a former Reserve Firefighter for the Pullman Fire department and a graduate of Washington State University.