The man accused of shooting a Knoxville police officer Thursday night was captured in Blount County early Saturday morning.
Ronnie Lucas Wilson is in custody
Just after 3 a.m., Ronnie Lucas Wilson was found at an abandoned home on Calderwood Highway in Blount County, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say he is being charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Wilson was with Kristin Denise King. Police Chief Rausch said in a press conference Saturday that KPD believes King was also in the car with Wilson at the time of the shooting.
Police say Wilson set a fire in the home and jumped out of the window in an attempt to escape.
Wilson suffered injuries, including trauma to his lungs from smoke, and is being treated at UT Medical Center.
Chief Rausch says his capture is a relief to the department.
“It’s a great weight off of all of us,” said Chief Rausch. “Our concern this entire time was he is clearly a very dangerous individual. Our concern is that he was going to hurt someone else and fortunately that didn’t happen”
Claiborne County’s criminal court says Wilson has had charges in the past involving aggravated assault, evading arrest, gun possession and drug charges. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also says he was previously charged with second-degree attempted murder.
Wilson shoots KPD officer, escapes
The shooting was reported just after 8:30 p.m. near Target at 5405 Washington Pike on Thursday.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said Thursday night Officer Jay Williams was attempting a traffic stop on a vehicle when the driver fired a round at Williams. The vehicle then stopped and the driver 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. He has since been released from the hospital.
Chevy Nova recovered
Wilson was added to the “Top 10 Most Wanted” list by the TBI. His vehicle, a Chevy Nova, was recovered by police Friday.