Suspect in slaying of Tennessee deputy captured after manhunt

04 June, 2018, 16:11 | Author: Carlos George
  • Steven Wiggins shortly after his capture

Steven Wiggins, who had been on the run since the fatal shooting in Dickson County earlier this week, was taken into custody Friday morning, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

After a period of not being able to contact the deputy, authorities tracked down Baker's vehicle with Global Positioning System in a wooded area about 2 miles from the location of the initial call by an officer from another agency.

Baker, a former Marine who was deployed to Iraq, joined the Dickson County Sheriff's Office in 2008. The deputy was found dead inside it.

Authorities also raised the reward for information leading to Wiggins' arrest to $46,000.

Baker, 32, will be buried at Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Investigators have not released details about their investigation into her possible involvement to the shooting, but say she is acquainted with Wiggins.

The sheriff read a statement from Baker's wife, Lisa, who thanked law enforcement officials and the community for their support.

The TBI tweeted photos on Friday of a handcuffed Steven Joshua Wiggins, grimacing as he was placed into the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle.

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On Thursday night, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents charged Erika Castro-Miles, 38, of Dickson, in connection to Baker's death. Mt. Juliet K9 Majlo and the department's special response team also traveled to Dickson County on Wednesday and Thursday to assist deputies in the search for Wiggins.

Wiggins was already wanted on charges that he assaulted a woman and stole her auto when he was pulled over Wednesday, according to a report from the Kingston Springs Police Department.

Authorities haven't announced a possible motive in Baker's murder, but said Wiggins was quickly identified using surveillance footage.

"Everything escalated from there once he discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen", Bledsoe said Friday. She said he then grabbed her keys and took her vehicle without her permission. "That's when he noticed the tattoos and was able to confirm that he met the overall description of the suspect that we've been looking for", Stewart told reporters at the press conference. Sheriff Bledsoe said Wiggins was cuffed with Sgt. Daniel Baker's handcuffs.

A district attorney says the state of Tennessee will seek the death penalty against a man and woman charged with premeditated murder in the death of a deputy.

She fled the shooting scene Wednesday and hid under a house, the affidavit says.

Castro-Miles was an acquaintance of Wiggins and court documents revealed that she saw Steve Wiggins, a longtime violent felon, shoot Deputy Baker.

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