Man accused of shooting KPD officer appears in court

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The man accused of shooting a Knoxville police officer during a traffic stop in January appeared in court Tuesday, where his case was bound over to the grand jury to consider an indictment.

Ronnie Wilson was in Knox County Felony Sessions Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Knoxville police officer Jay Williams was shot in the shoulder as he attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The ensuing manhunt for the suspect saw Wilson added to the TBI 10 Most Wanted List and injured in a fire he set in an attempt to elude police. 

Police say Williams attempted to stop Wilson on January 18 when Wilson fired at him. The vehicle then stopped and Wilson fired several more shots at the officer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the driver shot at the officer with a handgun and a shotgun. Williams was hit in the shoulder and taken to UT Medical Center.

Ronnie Wilson and Kristen Denise King were taken into custody January 19 after they attempted to set fire to the abandoned Blount County home they were in before trying to escape. Wilson suffered injuries, including trauma to his lungs from smoke, and was treated at UT Medical Center. 

In court Tuesday, Williams said he didn’t fire at Wilson’s vehicle because there was a woman inside the car and he didn’t want to injure her.

“She was not involved in assaultive behavior,” WIlliams said.

“I felt the impact in my left arm,” he told the court as he recounts the night he was shot on duty. “The round went through the patch of my uniform shirt, went through the deltoid into the humerus, through my back and shoulder. Hospital staff had to cut the round out of my back.”

During his testimony, Williams identified Wilson as the man who shot at him. 

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