FORT WORTH — 8 weeks after suffering seven gunshot wounds, Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce left John Peter Smith Hospital surrounded by family, friends and a community that has been following his long road to recovery.

Officer Pearce was shot back on March 16 during the pursuit of a father and son. He was hospitalized, continuing to battle his injures and several setbacks, which were chronicled on a GoFundMe page.

8 weeks after suffering seven gunshot wounds, Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce left John Peter Smith Hospital surrounded by family, friends and a community that has been following his long road to recovery.
8 weeks after suffering seven gunshot wounds, Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce left John Peter Smith Hospital surrounded by family, friends and a community that has been following his long road to recovery.

Surrounded by his family, officer Pearce left the hospital Tuesday in a wheelchair to the sounds of a bagpipe and drums. Pearce did not address the crowd, but did give a ‘thumbs-up’ sign departing in a vehicle led by a motorcycle patrol.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price talked about the day she first met Pearce.

“I was here at the hospital the day he came in,” she said. “He was mad and fighting. We knew then we was going to survive.”

8 weeks after suffering seven gunshot wounds, Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce left John Peter Smith Hospital surrounded by family, friends and a community that has been following his long road to recovery.
8 weeks after suffering seven gunshot wounds, Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce left John Peter Smith Hospital surrounded by family, friends and a community that has been following his long road to recovery.

Through a spokesperson, the Pearce family thanked the community promising to ‘pay forward’ all the support they received.