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Accused Tennessee deputy killer captured by THP trooper

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Accused Tennessee deputy killer Steven Wiggins is in custody thanks to a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper.

Steven Wiggins was captured Friday morning. Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles are charged with the first-degree murder of Sgt. Daniel Baker.

While on patrol, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Burch spotted a person near the woodline along Stinson Road in Hickman County.

Burch approached the man and noticed his tattoos – and knew he “had his guy” – Steven Wiggins.

The trooper drew his gun, but Wiggins immediately complied and was taken into custody without incident.

THP says Burch is 34 years old and joined the force in January 2017.

Wiggins was taken to TriStar ER Natchez in Dickson for non-serious injuries. He will be booked into Dickson County Jail with Sgt. Baker’s handcuffs.

District Attorney Ray Crouch is seeking the death penalty against Wiggins and Castro-Miles.

Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe says Wiggins’ capture isn’t closure for the department – that won’t come until justice is served.

During a news conference, Bledsoe said Sgt. Daniel Baker came in early the day of his murder to help out with the midnight shift.

Baker was in the area when a call for a suspicious vehicle came out. The vehicle was reported stolen. After not being heard from for a period of time, GPA tracking was used to find Baker’s patrol cruiser. Authorities then found Baker dead in the vehicle.

Dickson deputies are now wearing bands with Baker’s badge number “95” on them. They were donated from a non-profit in Long Beach, California.

“When you look at the actions of others and the evil that’s committed against our law enforcement officers, it’s something that bonds us and pushes us together more,” Bledsoe said.

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Accused Tennessee deputy killer Steven Wiggins is in custody.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he was captured Friday morning along Stinson Road in Hickman County. That's about 45 minutes from where the deputy's murder took place two days ago.

A news conference is slated for 10:30 a.m. FOX 17 News will stream that live on Facebook and within this story.

"Teamwork and diligence has paid off! Steven Wiggins is in law enforcement custody. Thank you for your support during these past few days. More details on the arrest as soon as we can pull them together." - TBI

A source tells FOX 17 News Wiggins has been taken to TriStar ER at Natchez in Dickson for medical treatment. He's expected to then be transported to the Dickson County Jail in Charlotte.

Trooper Kevin Burch of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Lawrenceburg District arrested Wiggins. Burch has been with THP since 2017.

Wiggins was wanted for the first-degree murder of Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker, a 10-year-veteran of the DCSO, father and husband.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Baker was killed after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Wednesday morning. Baker's patrol cruiser was tracked by GPS after not being heard from for a period of time. Authorities found Baker dead in the vehicle.

A woman, Erika Castro-Miles, has also been arrested in the case and charged with first-degree murder. A police affidavit says Castro-Miles watched Wiggins shoot Baker to death, then fled before being captured by police.

District Attorney Ray Crouch said he will be seeking the death penalty against two suspects charged with Baker's murder.

A funeral for Baker will be held Tuesday June 5 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Dickson. He will be laid to rest at Dickson County Memorial Gardens.

This is breaking news story and will be updated.


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