After a two-day long manhunt, Steven Wiggins, wanted for First Degree Murder, was captured and arrested Friday morning.
During a Friday morning press conference, THP Col Dereck Stewart gave details into how Steven Wiggins was found.
While on routine duty traveling on Stinson Road in Hickman County (near the Dickson Co line), Trooper Kevin Burch observed a subject near the wood line. Upon approaching him, he noticed tattoos on the subject’s arms and that the subject matched the description of Steven Wiggins. Trooper Birch drew his weapon and ordered Wiggins to the ground. Wiggins was taken into custody without incident.
Also during the press briefing, Dickson Co Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe tearfully read a statement written by Lisa Baker, Sgt Baker’s wife, the deputy shot and killed by Steven Wiggins. In the statement, Lisa wrote “There are no words to describe the level of devastation.” She thanked all of the agencies who have worked to capture Wiggins and thanks the community for their support during this trying time. She also asks the community to always remind their daughter of what a great man Sgt. Baker was.
A GoFundMe has been set up to assist Baker’s family. Donations can also be made to the Sgt. Daniel Baker Memorial Fund at any Tri-Star Bank location. The GoFundMe page has already generated $29,505.
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Around 7 o’clock Wednesday morning, a resident contacted Dickson County dispatch to report a suspicious vehicle, on Sam Vineyard Road in Dickson County.
A deputy with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office responded to that call.
After a period of time, when the deputy failed to check in, attempts were made to track him and his vehicle, via GPS.
An officer with another agency found the deputy’s vehicle, located in a wooded area off Bear Creek Valley Road, about two miles away from the location of the initial call.
The deputy was found inside the car, deceased.
Based on video evidence and other information developed at the scene, it was determined that the individual responsible for the deputy’s death is Steven Joshua Wiggins.
Wednesday TBI agents arrested Erika Castro-Miles, of Dickson, in connection to the death of Sgt. Daniel Baker.