Authorities responded to 4th Avenue NW around 5:15 p.m.
Conover officers told WSOC the incident started as a domestic dispute between an 80-year-old father and his 50-year-old son over a piece of property.
Once officers arrived at the scene, the son got in his vehicle and rammed a patrol car, knocking it 50 feet backward. Conover police said the son allegedly sped toward his father when two officers fired multiple shots to stop him.
The man was flown to Atrium Health in critical condition.
The father and officers were not hurt, Conover police told WSOC.
The State Bureau of Investigation will take over the ongoing investigation.
See breaking news? Tell us about it here.