A manhunt is on for Aryan Nations gang member Ronnie Lucas Wilson
Knoxville police have launched a manhunt for a 31-year-old man from who shot a police officer with a shotgun on Thursday night, and remains on the loose.
Ronnie Lucas Wilson opened fire on Knoxville Officer David Williams as the cop attempted to stop him for speeding, according to Police Chief David Rausch. Police say Williams, who suffered a shoulder wound, may not have fired his weapon.
It is not clear if the gunman was the only person in the car during the attempted traffic stop.
Williams reportedly was shot about 8:30 p.m. as he attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding along Washington Pike in Northeast Knoxville, Police Chief David Rausch said.
The suspect allegedly opened fire on Williams with a shotgun while being pursued by the officer.
He then stopped his car, got out and fired multiple rounds at the officer before driving away, the police chief said, Rausch said.
Wilson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s top 10 most wanted fugitives list early Friday, and a $2,500 reward is being offered for his arrest. He is being sought on an attempted murder warrant.
“Do not attempt to intervene. Let law enforcement handle this,” Chief Rausch said, according to WKYC. “If he is going to take a shot at an officer, he’s not going to hesitate to shoot at anyone else. So we ask that folks if you see the vehicle, if you know this individual, then do not intervene. Call law enforcement and let us know where he is.”
Officer David Williams has been identified as the cop shot by Wilson He is out of the hospital and is expected to recover
Investigators recovered the suspect’s Chevy Nova early Friday. Wilson is still on the run and should be considered armed & extremely dangerous. Police advise that those who encounter him do not approach, but call 911 immediately
Wilson is listed in a database an Aryan Nations gang member. 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.
Rausch said that enforcement agencies across the state are “very familiar” with Wilson. He was given a three-year prison sentence after he was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011.
Aryan Nations is the largest white supremacist prison gang in Tennessee with over 700 members, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Police wanted person poster for Ronnie Wilson whose priors includes a conviction for aggravated burglary
“It borrows its name from the older neo-Nazi group of the same name but is a completely separate group,” according to the ADL.
Cops said early Friday that Officer Williams has been released from the hospital.
Anyone with information on Wilson’s whereabouts should call 1-800-TBI-FIND.