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Fort Worth Police Officer Shot 5 Times, Receives The Star of Texas Award

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    Officer Matt Pearce is recovering from a shooting in the line of duty.

    Matt Pearce, a Fort Worth Police Officer shot five times in the line of duty, received The Star of Texas Award Monday.

    In March 2016 a shootout between Fort Worth police, a fugitive and his son, left one suspect dead and Pearce critically wounded.

    After almost two months in the hospital Pearce was released and expected to continue with rehabilitation.

    Monday Pearce received a special honor, The Star of Texas Award, which is awarded to officers, firefighters and other first responders injured or killed in the line of duty.

    Gov. Greg Abbott presented the prestigious award to Pearce in Austin Monday afternoon. Other officers from the Fort Worth Police Department were in Austin to show their support.

    Fallen Euless Officer David Hofer, who was shot and killed in a shootout March 1, was also nominated for the award.