A man known to police as a member of the Aryan Nations white supremacist gang is on the run after shooting a Knoxville Police Department officer with a shotgun on Thursday night, KPD Chief David Rausch said.
Wilson's father, Ronnie Wilson, said officers came to his house on Thursday night to ask questions.
Ronnie Lucas Wilson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list Friday morning.
Rausch said the officer is not believed to have fired his weapon.
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. Officials said Wilson got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer, striking him at least once.
It is not clear if the gunman was the only person in the vehicle during the attempted traffic stop.
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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.
Wilson is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder. Police said he could have two weapons and should be considered armed and unsafe.
Williams, whose shoulder was wounded, had been released from the hospital by Friday morning, Knoxville Police tweeted. He was sentenced to three years in state prison after being convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011, the outlet said. 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.
"Thank God that the officer that was shot is doing okay, thank God for that and his family".
"It borrows its name from the older neo-Nazi group of the same name but is a completely separate group", according to the ADL.