A fund has been established to help a Fort Worth police officer who suffered catastrophic injuries during an incident on the morning of Saturday, June 13.
Officer Matt Brazeal was part of a team of officers trying to make a traffic stop on North Freeway. The suspect, who was driving a stolen car, took off and a chase ensued.
Brazeal, a 3-year veteran of the FWPD, was standing on the outside shoulder of 3000 West Loop 820, ready to deploy tire spikes to get the suspect to stop. But instead of stopping, the suspect drove right at him. Officer Brazeal tried to jump out of the way, but was struck by the suspect with such force that the equipment from his gun belt was ripped from his body.
He got stuck beneath the vehicle and was dragged while the suspect kept speeding along the service road, until he was eventually dislodged.
He suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to JPS Hospital where he underwent extensive surgery for more than 16 hours, and is in the ICU. His recovery is anticipated to take at least a year.
After fielding numerous requests from the community to help Officer Brazeal and his family, the FWPD shared a website at Assist The Officer where donations can be made in his name.
Investigators determined it was an intentional act by the suspect, Ronny Jackson Jr., who was arrested and has been charged with Criminal Attempt–Capital Murder, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury, and Auto Theft.
Prior to the Fort Worth Police Department, Brazeal served in the U.S. Army, Parker County, and the Weatherford Police Department.