UPDATE: Knoxville Police say man who shot officer arrested Saturday morning

The TBI released a more recent image of Ronnie Wilson on Friday, this one dating from November 2017. Police say Wilson shot a Knoxville police officer Thursday night. (Images: TBI, Knoxville PD)


Knoxville Police tweeted early Saturday morning that Ronnie Wilson was arrested in Blount County.

Wilson is accused of shooting Knoxville Police Officer Jay Williams in the arm Thursday night.

He was found at an abandoned home that caught fire in south Blount County around 3a.m. Saturday.

Kristen Denise King was with him at the time.

Police previously said King may have been in danger.

Wilson is being treated at a local hospital for injuries he got when he jumped out of a window at the home.

King was not hurt.

They will be interviewed by investigators at the Knoxville Police Department.

More information about their capture will be released later Saturday.

The TBI issued this statement Saturday morning:

"Early Saturday morning, authorities received information that Wilson was at a vacant home on Calderwood Highway in Maryville. Upon arrival, contact was made with Wilson, who attempted to flee the home by jumping out a window. He was immediately taken into custody by deputies with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Knoxville Police Department, and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force."


Tennessee police say man that shot an officer Thursday night has been identified as an Aryan Nations gang member.

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. Williams suffered a wound to his shoulder. The suspect is confirmed to be 31-year-old Ronnie Lucas Wilson.

Rausch said that officer Williams is not believed to have fired his weapon.

The TBI released a more recent image of Wilson on Friday, this one dating from November 2017.

Wilson's vehicle was found early Friday by police. Wilson is being sought on an attempted murder warrant.

Wilson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's top 10 most wanted fugitives list shortly before 10 a.m.

Knoxville Police tweeted shortly before 8 a.m. Friday that officer Williams has been released from the hospital.

WATE-TV reports that the father of Ronnie Wilson is pleading with his son to turn himself in to police.

PREVIOUSLY (11:00p.m.):

Knoxville Police have released an image of the suspect wanted in connection to the shooting of an officer Thursday night.

Police say they are looking for 31-year-old Ronnie Lucas Wilson of Tazewell Pike.

He may be driving a black, mid '70s Chevrolet Nova with a red strip on the hood.

Call Knoxville Police at 865-215-7000 if you have any information. You can also call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The TBI placed Wilson on its Top 10 Most Wanted List Friday morning.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett issued a statement after the shooting, asking for people to "remember that 'just another day at the office' for those in blue means putting their lives at risk for us."


Police are on the hunt for a person they say shot a Knoxville officer Thursday night.

Knoxville PD says the officer was shot in front of the Target on Washington Pike, and that the suspect is on the loose.

The officer was taken to a hospital nearby for treatment.

Our ABC affiliate station in Knoxville WATE-TV is on the scene.

WATE reports that the officer was shot in the arm and is expected to be okay.

Law enforcement in our area are sending their thoughts and prayers in support of the Knoxville officer:

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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