Officer Matt Pearce was shot three times in the chest and once in the leg

By Chris Harris
Updated March 16, 2016 03:45 PM
Credit: Fort Worth Police Department

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, have arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly critically wounding a police officer Tuesday during a shootout in which the man’s father was fatally shot, PEOPLE confirms.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, law enforcement officials detailed Tuesday’s fatal encounter, which began with a routine traffic stop.

Officers tried stopping a car driven by 43-year-old Ed McIver, Sr., who had a number of active warrants, but McIver fled, sparking a brief police pursuit, the statement says.

McIver eventually pulled his car over, and he and his son – Ed McIver, Jr. – darted for the woods, according to police. As police entered the forest, the father and son allegedly began shooting. The officers returned fire, killing the older McIver.

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Officials claim McIver, Jr. continued to elude police for several hours, but was eventually detained.

The injured policeman, Officer Matt Pearce, was reportedly shot three times in the chest and once in the leg. He remains in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday evening.

An officer since 2009, Pearce is expected to survive the shooting, police officials say.

McIver, Jr. has been charged with attempted capital murder, evading arrest, and drug and weapons charges. He’s being held on $2 million bail, and has yet to retain legal counsel for his defense.