Father of shooting suspect: "Just turn yourself in"

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Deputies and officers from Knoxville and Knox County were in full force Friday afternoon after an officer-involved shooting sent one officer to the hospital Thursday night.

The search continued after shooting suspect Ronnie Wilson's car was found on the corner of Jim Wolfe Road and Emory Road in the Corryton area Friday.

Wilson has been accused of firing a shotgun multiple times at KPD officer Jay Williams Thursday night during a traffic stop on Washington Pike.

Local 8 News spoke to the father of Ronnie Lucas Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Sr. He told reporter David Ball that he is begging his son to turn himself in.

"What I'm worried about is it's an endless run that's got to give up. Lucas, please turn yourself in, son. I love you, your mother loves you. You're not that bad of a person, that deputy is gonna be alright. You did a bad thing, but don't make it any worse, turn yourself in son," Wilson said.

The Knoxville Police Department said that Ronnie Wilson is associated with the Aryan Nation gang. His father said he was aware of his son's gang affiliation.

"He was taught that you know, he's been in prison a few times before and he ran into some people that affiliated with that. I don't know how heavy he was in on it. He associates with them," Wilson explained.

Wilson said he is thankful that the deputy is okay, and he wants his son to turn himself in so no one else gets hurt.

"Thank God that the officer that was shot is doing okay, thank God for that and his family. My prayers go out to them and all people injured in this ordeal," Wilson said.

Ronnie Lucas Wilson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list Friday morning. Wilson is wanted by the Knoxville Police and the TBI to face a charge of attempted first degree murder of a police officer. A reward of up to $2,500 was offered for information leading to Wilson's arrest.

On Friday afternoon, KPD said investigators needed help finding an endangered female in the company of Wilson. Police said information was developed in the investigation that indicated Kristin Denise King may be in danger. Anyone with information pertaining to King's whereabouts was asked to call 865-215-7212 or 911.

Authorities responded to 5405 Washington Pike just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of a shooting near the Target store. KPD reported that Officer Jay Williams, a 14-year veteran of the police force, tried to pull over Wilson on a speeding violation. Wilson allegedly fired at Officer Williams from his black mid 70s model Chevrolet Nova while it was still in motion then fired several more shots after the car came to a stop. KPD Chief Rausch said Wilson used a shotgun. Knoxville Police also mentioned that Officer Williams did not return gunfire.

Officer Williams was transported to UT Medical Center to treat a gunshot wound to the shoulder, where he was later released Friday morning.