Suspect on the run after shooting, wounding Tenn. officer

Suspect on the run after shooting, wounding Tenn. officer

WBIR reports that Ronnie Lucas Wilson, 31, of Knoxville, shot Knoxville Police Officer Jay Williams in front of a Target store on Thursday night.

Ronnie Lucas Wilson was added to TBI's Most Wanted list.

"Do not attempt to intervene", Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said when asked what people should do if they spot the suspect.

Investigators recovered the suspect's vehicle early Friday. Officer Williams was hit in the shoulder, and is expected to survive what authorities have classified as an attempted murder.

It is not clear if the gunman was the only person in the auto during the attempted traffic stop. Wilson is wanted by the Knoxville Police and the TBI to face a charge of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.

At the time he was pulled over, Wilson was driving a black 1970s model Chevrolet Nova with a red stripe on its hood, Rausch said.


Rausch said Thursday night that he didn't know if Wilson was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Knoxville Police tweeted shortly before 8am Friday that Williams has been released from the hospital.

An East Tennessee man is at large after shooting at a police officer. "If he took a shot at an officer, he wouldn't hesitate to take a shot at anyone else". He was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011 and sentenced to three years in a state prison.

Authorities say they are "very familiar" with the suspect, noted he's listed "as a member of the Aryan Nations gang"-the largest white supremacist gang in Tennessee, according to the Anti-Defamation League".

"It borrows its name from the older neo-Nazi group of the same name but is a completely separate group", according to the ADL.

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