Aryan Nations member at large after shooting cop with shotgun

A manhunt is on for Aryan Nations gang member Ronnie Lucas Wilson

Knoxville police said an officer was shot Thursday night in front of a northeast Knoxville shopping center and the suspect is still on the run. 31-year-old Ronnie Lucas Wilson repeatedly shot at Knoxville police officer Jay Williams on Thursday night. He was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's top 10 most wanted fugitives list shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.

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

KPD confirmed earlier Friday morning the vehicle belonging to Wilson had been located in Corryton in a wooded area of a rural area at the intersection of Emory Road and Jim Wolfe Road. Officer Williams was hit while conducting a traffic stop for a speeding violation.

As both cars were still moving, Wilson fired one round from a shotgun, Rausch said. He is being sought on a attempted murder warrant. He is considered to be armed and unsafe.

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

Officer David Williams is out of the hospital after being shot
Officer David Williams is out of the hospital after being shot

Williams, whose shoulder was wounded, had been released from the hospital by Friday morning, Knoxville Police tweeted.

Wilson, who faces an attempted murder charge, is "listed in a database as an Aryan Nations gang member", the AP reported.

The Knoxville Police Department said that Ronnie Wilson is associated with the Aryan Nation gang. He was given a three-year prison sentence after he was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011.

Facebook photos also reveals that Wilson, who is "very familiar" to local authorities, has 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. "If he took a shot at an officer, he wouldn't hesitate to take a shot at anyone else".



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