Jan 13, 2018, 8:51 AM ET

Police capture Aryan Nations member wanted in connection with shooting of officer


A confirmed member of the Aryan Nations white supremacist group who was wanted in connection with the shooting of a Tennessee police officer was captured early Saturday morning, police said.

Ronnie Lucas Wilson was put on Tennessee's Top 10 Most Wanted list on Friday after authorities identified him as the suspect who opened fire and wounded a veteran Knoxville police officer during a traffic stop Thursday evening. He was found in an abandoned residence in neighboring Blount County, authorities said.

"CAPTURED! Wilson was just now located in Blount County," tweeted the Knoxville Police Department at 3:37 a.m. Saturday.

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said in a statement later Saturday morning, “Wilson is receiving treatment at a local hospital for injuries he sustained when he jumped out of a window of the residence.”

Kristin Denise King, 31, was also found with Wilson in the house. Blount County Fire Department also responded to extinguish a fire that started in the residence.

Wilson, 31, is believed to have jumped out of his car during a traffic stop Thursday and without warning opened fire multiple times on Officer Jay Williams, who had pulled him over on about 8:30 p.m., authorities said.

PHOTO: Undated photo shows Ronnie Lucas Wilson Knoxville Police Department
Undated photo shows Ronnie Lucas Wilson

"What the community should know is that this individual is armed and dangerous," Knoxville Police Chief David B. Rausch told reporters Thursday night. "I would advise people if they see him not to approach him. If he took a shot at an officer, he wouldn't hesitate to take a shot at anyone else."

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.

PHOTO: Photo shows the car suspect Ronnie Lucas Wilson was drivingKnoxville Police Department
Photo shows the car suspect Ronnie Lucas Wilson was driving

Williams, a 14-year veteran of the Knoxville Police Department was shot in the shoulder during the traffic stop and is expected to make a full recovery, Rausch said.

PHOTO: Police Officer Jay William was shot during a traffic stop, Jan . 11, 2018.Knoxville Police Department
Police Officer Jay William was shot during a traffic stop, Jan . 11, 2018.

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. The car has since been found abandoned.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Wilson to its most wanted list and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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  • Rev. Futuram

    Aryan Nation is a much, much bigger threat to the US than Radical Islam.

  • jon rhodes

    Another Trump voter off the street.

  • Ideology

    Good looking white guy. Doesn’t look like a criminal at all.

  • Former Earthling

    Not to worry, Trump will pardon him.

  • Alexander Seay

    1 less vote for Donald Drumpf in 2020

  • Krimson

    Can we start deporting the white people now???

  • Ronald Bandor

    Waiting for Trump to announce that "both sides" were to blame.

  • Lee Thompson

    So glad he's been apprehended. Now, let's hope he's put in prison for as long as possible.

  • LewTwo

    'Tis a great shame that Ronnie survived capture.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Why isn't this cop shooting by a man who's a member of an organization known to hate cops, commit domestic terrorism,run prison gangs,run drugs at 300 comments?

  • Truthful Opinion

    This guy is part of Trump's core base of supporters. Why do they hate police officers?

  • xThatxSamexDudex

    I was hoping for the word rhyming with 'caught' that starts with an S.. Oh well.
    Remove him from society. No windows

  • TexasVulcan

    So it's not a black guy attacking the police this time? But someone as far right as you can get? Well that does not fit the alt-right narrative...

  • tatanka

    He'll learn to get over his race phobia in prison.

  • LewTwo

    One of the Trump's 'master race'. See if he is hiding in old bone spur's basement.


    One of Trump's "very fine people" in that group.

  • kritikosman

    Dangerous dudes!!

  • Captn Blynd

    One of the thousands upon thousands of known violent criminals our society tolerates. A short and brutal life expectancy. From the point of view of a peaceful society, the shorter the better.

    But is there anything short of mass imprisonment which can be done to curb the animals? I think the place to start is social acceptance of violence. A society which does not glorify or tolerate violent behavior in any form. Many of you will violently disagree.

  • Guy Norbury

    Nothing from Little Donny on this one! No condemnation! He must be a Trump follower!

  • Captain Insanity

    Get him, and send him to Hell

  • been there

    Hope they caught this thug and he gets a long sentence. May the Officer completely recover.

  • Dicazi

    It's gonna be attempted murder now. They don't downgrade assaults on police officers.

  • Lee Thompson

    So glad this officer will make a full recovery.

  • Betty Bloop

    good to hear that the officer will make a full recovery. hope they catch this guy.

  • Don'tBotherMe

    As the parent of a police officer I very much hope he resists arrest and is swiftly handed justice.

  • xThatxSamexDudex

    Oh please let an LEO "fear for their life" apprehending this walking waste of tax dollars.

  • Brooks Payne

    These good ol' boys are white supremacist "Christian" terrorists.
    They commit more crimes against Americans than Muslim terrorists do. Return fire - lock them up - whatever it takes to remove the threat.

  • Truth Bomb

    Hope they lock him up quick.

    For those of you using this as an opportunity to further your politics, take what you will from this:
    "There were 511 officers killed in felonious incidents and 540 offenders from 2004 to 2013, according to FBI reports. Among the total offenders, 52 percent were white, and 43 percent were black"

  • Olorin

    i am sure there were good people on both sides of the exchange of fire.

  • reality25

    Just more "fine people".

    Wonder if Trump had a choice betwen letting this guy in as a foreigner or a young, hard working Haitian eager to come to the U.S. to provide for his family, who would he choose?

  • P Miller

    Trump will pardon him. He'll need the vote.