Tips pour in after Dickson County deputy killed in line-of-duty


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DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) -The manhunt continues Thursday for a man wanted for killing a Dickson County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed in the line-of-duty.   

Authorities searched through the night for accused gunman Steven Wiggins. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it has received 139 tips in the case. All the tips are being investigated.  

“It’s not for lack of determination that he has not been captured yet,” TBI spokesperson Susan Niland said.  

Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe added, “It won’t end until we get him into custody. There will be no rest until he is taken into custody.” 

Sgt. Daniel Baker was shot and killed after responding to a report of a suspicious car on Sam Vineyard Road.  

Baker was later found dead inside his patrol car about two or three miles away from the initial scene. The deputy’s GPS system was used to locate his patrol car after there had not been any contact with him.  

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Video evidence and other elements from the scene helped the TBI identify Wiggins as a suspect. The TBI said he should be considered armed and dangerous. 

It is unknown if Wiggins is still on foot or if he has gained access to a vehicle. He was last seen wearing jeans and a black polo shirt.  

“He can be anywhere. The fact is we don’t know where he is,” Niland said.   

Sheriff Bledsoe referred to Baker as “one of the best.” 

“We’re going to weather the storm and we’re going to get through it and we’re going to be a better county for it… it won’t stop us. It’s going to strengthen our resolve,” he said.    

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Governor Bill Haslam said he and his wife are praying for the Dickson County community Thursday morning on Twitter.  

“Crissy and I are praying for the family of Sgt. Daniel Baker who died in the line of duty yesterday while bravely serving with @DicksonCountySO. I commend law enforcement in Dickson County as they tirelessly search for the suspect, even as they mourn the loss of one of their own,” Gov. Haslam wrote.  

On Wednesday night, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a Dickson woman with murder in connection with the death of Sergeant Daniel Baker.  

According to TBI agents, Erika Castro-Miles was detained in the early stages of the investigation. Authorities said they later found information that she participated in the shooting.  

Wiggins was initially wanted for aggravated assault and theft.   

Those charges stem from an incident that happened Tuesday evening in the 100 block of Luyben Hills Road in Kingston Springs.  

Castro-Miles is the woman who filed a domestic complaint against Wiggins Tuesday night, leading to domestic assault warrants being issued for him.  

She told police Wiggins slapped her in the face and pulled her hair out. She also reported he put a gun to her head and told her he was “going to kill her if she called the police.” 

According to a police report, Wiggins got Castro-Miles’ keys and took her car without permission.  

Wiggins is considered armed and dangerous and authorities say he should not be approached. 

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.  

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Wiggins’ capture. Gov. Haslam announced he was contributing $2,500 to the reward on Thursday afternoon. 

The Fraternal Order of Police is also contributing $1,000 for information leading to his capture. The Dickson County government is also offering $10,000, bringing the total to $46,000. 

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Sgt. Daniel Baker Memorial Fund can do so at any Tri-Star Bank. Baker leaves behind a wife and daughter. 

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