Woman charged in Dickson County deputy’s death

Tennessee

Officials have now charged a woman in the death of a Dickson County sheriff’s deputy with first degree murder, but the search continues for a man.

During the investigation into Sgt. Daniel Baker’s death, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it learned Erika Castro-Miles, 38, participated in the incident. She was detained during the early stages of the investigation and remains in custody.

Officials continue to search for Steven Wiggins, who is the subject of a Tennessee Blue Alert and is on the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say they’ve received 139 tips in the case. 

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said a call came in around 7 a.m. Wednesday about a “suspicious vehicle” on Sam Vineyard Road. A deputy responded to the scene. 

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

READ MORE: What is a Blue Alert?

 Baker was a father, husband and served in the Marines. 

“There’s not much I can say today but our hearts are shattered,” Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said. “We just ask for your help.”  

Bledsoe referred to the deputy as “one of the best.”

“This is one of our best deputies. He’s a supervisor. He’s worked his way up to sergeant on patrol, and he’s one of the ones why put it all on the line every day to keep our community safe. He was doing that again today with a call about a suspicious vehicle,” Bledsoe said. 

“It’s a very difficult day for many in law enforcement,” TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland added.  

The TBI said Wiggins should be considered armed and dangerous.

Bledsoe added, “What I want people to know is even though our hearts are broken, we’re driven with focus and resolve to make sure this person is captured.” 

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.  

It is unknown if Wiggins is still on foot or if he has gained access to a vehicle. 

“We don’t know what’s transpired since someone last saw him,” Niland said. 

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 would “going to kill her if she called the police.”

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

She told police Wiggins had “been doing meth all night and smoking marijuana.” 

A Blue Alert was issued for Wiggins around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

According to the TBI, the alert is similar to an AMBER Alert, but is used in cases in which a law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously injured in the line-of-duty.  A $12,500 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.  

“It’s my prayer to God that our court will be a terror to him and the punishment he will receive,” Sheriff Bledsoe said. 

Wiggins is six feet one inch tall and weighs around 220 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. 

Wiggins has a lengthy arrest history that dates back to 2006. Over the past 12 years, he has been arrested for domestic or assault at least eight times, among other charges. 

Multiple agencies are assisting in the search. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts or sees anything suspicious should call 1-800-TBI-FIND or 911

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