To the relief of many people, Williams was not critically hurt in the shooting and was released from the hospital Friday morning and is at home recuperating.
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.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch tells news outlets the man opened fire on Officer David Williams with a shotgun Thursday night as Williams attempted to stop him for speeding. Ronnie Wilson said he has not been in touch with Lucas Wilson since the shooting.
"What I'm anxious about is it's an endless run that's got to give up". He calls his son Lucas. I love you, your mother loves you. "You can't run forever, Lucas", he said.
The Knoxville Police Department said that Ronnie Wilson is associated with the Aryan Nation gang.
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"Evidently, he thought that was his only way out", said his father.
Wilson's father, Ronnie Wilson, said officers came to his house on Thursday night to ask questions.
Williams was shot once in the shoulder, and is being treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
"We've seen them do bank robberies, home invasions and straight-up armed robberies".
Wilson, 31, 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.
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Rausch described Wilson as a known member of the Aryan Nations and at the time of the encounter with Williams, he was wanted on a probation violation for aggravated assault - a case that had initially charged as an attempted murder.
Investigators recovered the suspect's auto early Friday. Despite the designation, officers suspect that King's life may be in danger.
@Knoxville_PD officer has been shot on Washington Pike in front of Target. He then stopped the vehicle, got out and fired "multiple rounds" before driving away, Rausch said. "Let law enforcement handle this", Chief Rausch said, according to WKYC.
The officer who was shot is Jay Williams, a 14-year veteran of KPD.
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