Police searching for man who shot Tennessee officer

  • Police searching for man who shot Tennessee officer

Police searching for man who shot Tennessee officer

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told news outlets the man opened fire on Officer David Williams with a shotgun Thursday night as Williams attempted to stop him for speeding.

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

He was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's top 10 most wanted fugitives list shortly before 10am.

Knoxville police said Lucas used a shot gun and fired multiple times.

Williams, a 14-year veteran of the Knoxville Police Department was shot in the shoulder during the traffic stop and is expected to make a full recovery, Rausch said.

It is not clear if the gunman was the only person in the vehicle during the attempted traffic stop.

Wilson is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder. He was taken in a police vehicle to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where Rausch said he was in stable condition and "great spirits".

KPD said if Wilson isn't apprehended by Friday morning, they're considering putting out what is known as a Blue Alert.

Wilson is listed in a database an Aryan Nations gang member. He was hospitalized and released Friday. Facebook photos reveal a large swastika tattoo on his body as well as a Celtic cross with the words "White Pride Worldwide", according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. He was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011 and sentenced to three years in a state prison.

Rausch said Wilson is listed as a member of the Aryan Nations gang, and there is now an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a violation of probation and aggravated assault.

"The gang borrowed its title from the older neo-Nazi group of the same name, though the two are separate groups with few connections", the website reads.