Wilson has been accused of firing a shotgun multiple times at KPD officer Jay Williams Thursday night during a traffic stop on Washington Pike. Rausch identified the suspect as 31-year-old Ronnie Lucas Wilson. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has placed Wilson on their "Top 10 Most Wanted" list.
"What the community should know is that this individual is armed and unsafe", Knoxville Police Chief David B. Rausch told reporters Thursday night.
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.
Police Officer Jay William was shot during a traffic stop, January 11, 2018.
Wilson is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder. He is considered to be armed and risky.
Rausch said that enforcement agencies across the state are "very familiar" with Wilson.
'If he is going to take a shot at an officer, he's not going to hesitate to shoot at anyone else.
Rausch said Thursday night that he didn't know if Wilson was the only person in the auto at the time of the shooting.
"If you see this vehicle, if you know this individual, do not try to intervene", Rausch said.
Aryan Nations, described by the Anti-Defamation League as the "largest white supremacist prison gang in Tennessee", had more than 230 members as of a May 2016 report by Knoxville-based NBC-affiliate WBIR-TV. He was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011 and sentenced to three years in a state prison. 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.