The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added the man suspected of shooting a Knoxville police officer Thursday night to its Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Authorities were searching for 31-year-old Ronnie Lucas Wilson, who has an unrelated, outstanding warrant for violation of probation for aggravated assault and who should be considered armed and unsafe, Rausch said. Wilson is wanted by Knoxville Police Department and TBI to face a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
KPD confirmed earlier Friday morning the auto 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. Wilson exited the vehicle and began shooting at the officer, striking him at one time. Wilson is being sought on an attempted murder warrant.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are still searching for Wilson. He has a history of violence and considered 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.
Wilson is listed in a database an Aryan Nations gang member.
Knoxville Police tweeted shortly before 8am Friday that Williams has been released from the hospital. "So when they go out into the exercise yard, they take off their shirt, then it's readily apparent who they belong to, what their rank is in the gang, and then that status that they're looking for".
The Aryan Nations is the largest white supremacist prison gang in Tennessee, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Wilson, who is already well-known by local law enforcement was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011 for aggravated burglary.