Ronnie Lucas Wilson, 31, shot at Tennessee police officer David Williams from his auto during a traffic stop Thursday evening, the Associated Press reported.
WBIR reports that Ronnie Lucas Wilson, 31, of Knoxville, shot Knoxville Police Officer Jay Williams in front of a Target store on Thursday night. "Let law enforcement handle this", Chief Rausch said, according to WKYC.
Police recovered Wilson's vehicle and are now searching for Wilson himself, whom they describe as "armed and extremely unsafe".
Wilson fired at the officer while in his auto, and then got out and continued firing, Rausch said.
It is not clear if the gunman was the only person in the auto during the attempted traffic stop. He has a history of violence and considered risky.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are "very familiar" with Wilson, Rausch said.
The TBI is offering up to a $2,500 for information that leads to Ronnie L. Wilson's capture for attempted first degree murder of a police officer.
KPD said if Wilson isn't apprehended by Friday morning, they're considering putting out what is known as a Blue Alert.
"If you see this vehicle, if you know this individual, do not try to intervene", Rausch said.
'If he is going to take a shot at an officer, he's not going to hesitate to shoot at anyone else.
An East Tennessee man is at large after shooting at a police officer.
The Knoxville Police Department said that Ronnie Wilson is associated with the Aryan Nation gang. His Facebook pictures show he has a tattoo of a swastika and another which bears the words "White Pride Worldwide".
In Knox County, Wilson was convicted of aggravated burglary in 2011 and was sentenced to serve three years in a state prison, according to court records.
"The gang borrowed its title from the older neo-Nazi group of the same name, though the two are separate groups with few connections", the website reads.