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UPDATE: Manhunt ends for suspect wanted in murder of Tennessee deputy

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DICKSON COUNTY, TN (AP) -   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.

District Attorney General Ray Crouch Jr. said Friday that Steven Joshua Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles will face death if convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting of Dickson County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker.

Crouch's statement said the pair is being held without bail, and his prosecutors will argue against any effort to release them.

Baker was killed after responding to a call about a suspicious car on Wednesday. The deputy's car was eventually tracked by GPS to a wooded area several miles (kilometers) away, and the deputy was found dead inside of it.

Authorities say Wiggins was arrested Friday after a two-day manhunt. Authorities say Castro-Miles was in the car with Wiggins when he pulled the trigger. She was arrested Wednesday.


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Authorities say a suspect in the slaying of a Tennessee deputy was taken into custody without any use of force.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Dereck Stewart said Trooper Kevin Burch was driving down a road when he saw a man near the wood line that matched the description of Steven Joshua Wiggins.

Stewart said the trooper approached the man and saw he had tattoos that resembled those that Wiggins had on his body. Stewart said the trooper drew his weapon, but Wiggins "willfully obeyed the trooper" and he was arrested. Stewart said Wiggins was "totally obedient."

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland said Wiggins was being treated for injuries that are not serious. He will be booked after being treated for the injuries, which were not disclosed.

Dickson County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker was killed after responded to a call about a suspicious car on Wednesday. The deputy's car was eventually tracked by GPS to a wooded area several miles (kilometers) away, and the deputy was found dead inside of it.
 


Authorities have arrested a woman in connection to the death of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot while responding to a call by a resident about a suspicious car.

 In a statement Wednesday night the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that it had developed information that 38-year-old Erika Castro-Miles had "participated in the incident."

Castro-Miles was already in custody and now has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker.

 She remains in custody at the Dickson County Jail. It's not immediately known if she has an attorney.

Authorities are still searching for suspect Steven Joshua Wiggins. The reward for information leading to his arrest has increased to $12,500. They consider him armed and dangerous.

Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said Sgt. Daniel Baker was killed early Wednesday.

Bledsoe said Baker had been with the Dickson County sheriff's office for 10 years and worked his way up the ranks quickly. Baker is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Bledsoe said his agency has lost a brother, and the community has lost a hero.

Authorities are still searching for suspect Steven Joshua Wiggins. They consider him armed and dangerous.

 Authorities say the reward has increased to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of a man sought by police in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped increase the reward for information on Steven Joshua Wiggins.

Authorities have said the Dickson County deputy was shot and killed early Wednesday after a responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. They have not released the deputy's name.

 They say Wiggins remains at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous. State, federal and local authorities have launched a manhunt.   


Tennessee authorities are offering a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Wednesday that it has placed Steven Joshua Wiggins on its Top 10 Most Wanted list and is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.

The bureau believes Wiggins fatally shot an unidentified sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop early Wednesday in Dickson County.

The agency also has sent an alert about the suspect to cellphones in the area.


Tennessee authorities say a sheriff's deputy has been fatally shot and a suspect believed to be "armed and dangerous" is still at large.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman told news outlets the suspect was involved in an altercation with the Dickson County deputy early Wednesday after a vehicle was reported stolen.

The Humphreys County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Steven Wiggins, who is described as a white male with balding brown hair.

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