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Investigators search for endangered female with KPD officer shooting suspect – Local 8 Now

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January 12, 2018

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — A man suspected of shooting a Knoxville Police Department officer Thursday night in Northeast Knoxville is still on the run.

Ronnie Lucas Wilson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list Friday morning. Wilson is wanted by the Knoxville Police and the TBI to face a charge of attempted first degree murder of a police officer. A reward of up to $2,500 was offered for information leading to Wilson’s arrest.

On Friday afternoon, KPD said investigators needed help finding an endangered female in the company of Wilson. Police said information was developed in the investigation that indicated Kristin Denise King may be in danger. Anyone with information pertaining to King’s whereabouts was asked to call 865-215-7212 or 911.

“Do not attempt to intervene,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said when asked what people should do if they spot the suspect. “Let law enforcement handle this. If he is going to take a shot at an officer, he won’t hesitate to shoot at someone else.”

Authorities responded to 5405 Washington Pike just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of a shooting near the Target store. KPD reported that Officer Jay Williams, a 14-year veteran of the police force, tried to pull over Wilson on a speeding violation. Wilson allegedly fired at Officer Williams from his black mid 70s model Chevrolet Nova while it was still in motion then fired several more shots after the car came to a stop. KPD Chief Rausch said Wilson used a shotgun. Knoxville Police also mentioned that Officer Williams did not return gunfire.

Officer Williams was transported to UT Medical Center to treat a gunshot wound to the shoulder, where he was later released Friday morning.

According to 911 dispatchers, Wilson’s black mid 70s model Chevrolet Nova with a red stripe on the hood and Tennessee license plate with the numbers 7F38D5 was discovered at 8:47 a.m. Friday in Northeast Knoxville off Emory Road at Jim Wolfe Road.

Law enforcement agencies across the state are still searching for Wilson. He is considered to be armed and dangerous. According to Knoxville Police, Wilson is a known member of the Aryan Nations gang.

This is a developing story. Local 8 News crews are working to bring you the latest information surrounding the investigation. Any updates will be posted here.

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