Steven Wiggins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Steven Wiggins pictured in a mugshot from a 2017 arrest in Montgomery County, Tennessee. He is wanted in the fatal shooting of a Dickson County deputy.
Police in Tennessee are searching for a suspect in the shooting death of a Dickson County deputy. Steven Wiggins, 31, has been identified as the person of interest in the deputyâs death, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter. Anyone with information is asked to call 911. The shooting occurred Wednesday morning. Sergeant Daniel Baker has been identified as the Dickson County deputy killed in the shooting.
A resident reported a suspicious vehicle about 7 a.m. Wednesday and Baker responded, Susan Niland, a spokesperson for the TBI said at a press conference. The sheriffâs office lost contact with Baker, but tracked his vehicle using GPS. An officer from another agency located the sergeantâs vehicle about two to three miles away from the location of the original call and Baker was found dead inside, Niland said.
An emotional Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said at a press conference, âWe just ask for your help in getting the photo and information out so that we can hold this person responsible and fully accountable. And it is my prayer to God that our court will be a terror to him on the punishment he receives.â
Hereâs what you need to know about Steven Wiggins and the shooting:
1. Wiggins Is Suspected of Assaulting His Girlfriend & Stealing Her Car During a Tuesday Incident
Steven Joshua Wiggins is suspected of assaulting his girlfriend and then stealing her car during an incident on Tuesday in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, according to WSMV-TV. Police in Kingston Springs said he slapped his girlfriend and then fled in her car.
Wiggins was then named a person of interest in the Wednesday shooting of Deputy Daniel Baker. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Susan Niland said there is video evidence from the location of the shooting that helped identify him.
Niland said the resident in the area of Sam Vineyard Road in Dickson, Tennessee, called to report the suspicious vehicle, but Niland said she doesnât know what about the vehicle seemed suspicious to the caller.
Police said a female is also being interviewed in connection with the Wednesday shooting, but police have not released details about what she is being questioned about. âWeâre not providing any additional in formation about that at this point,â Niland said.
Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe told reporters, âThereâs not much else I can say other than our hearts shattered with this. This was one of our best deputies, heâs a supervisor, heâs worked his way up to sergeant on patrol. And heâs one of the guys that puts it on the line everyday to keep our community safe. And he was doing that again today with just a call of a suspicious vehicle and then you see what can transpire from something thatâs just a suspicious vehicle. And people questions us sometimes and why we are so on edge and why thereâs more than one deputy or why thereâs multiple cars, this is a prime example of why we have to take care of each other and take care of our citizens.â
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2. Wiggins Attacked His Girlfriend With an Axe in 2012 & Has a Criminal History That Also Includes Domestic Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping & False Imprisonment Arrests
Steven Wiggins pictured in mugshots from past arrests.
Steven Wiggins has a lengthy record in Tennessee, records show. He was arrested in Williamson County in 2017 on an assault charge. In June 2017, he was charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and false imprisonment, also in Williamson County. In August 2016, Wiggins was arrested in Dickson County and charged with violating his bond. He had been arrested two months earlier in Fairview, Tennessee, on charges of aggravated domestic assault and resisting arrest.
Wiggins was arrested in 2012 in Dickson County and charged with assault with a deadly w eapon. According to the indictment obtained by the Tennessee River Valley News, Wiggins attacked his girlfriend with an axe during that incident in October 2012.
In 2006, he was charged with domestic assault in Dickson County, which was his first arrest.
3. He Is Considered to Be âArmed & Dangerousâ
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Steven Wiggins should be considered armed and dangerous. âOur heartâs broken,â Sheriff Jeff Bledose said. âWeâre driven right now by the focus and resolve to make sure that this person is captured. He is still considered a threat to our community. Anyone who would murder a deputy sheriff protecting our community is a threat to anyone.â
Wiggins was described as a white male who is bal ding with brown hair. He is 6â1â³ and weighs 220 pounds. Police said he could be on foot. A massive manhunt has been launched in the area near where the shooting occurred. Several agencies, including the state highway patrol, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and several local departments, are involved in the search.
âWe are looking for this individual â¦ anyone with information is urged to call 911, he is a very dangerous individual,â TBI spokesperson Susan Niland said. âThey can also contact us through 1-800-TBI-FIND. Itâs very important that we get this individual in custody.â
Bledsoe said, âIf he is listening or anyone who knows him that can talk some sense into him that he would turn himself in, thatâs what he needs to do. Because weâre not going to rest and weâre not going to leave anything turned until he is brought in for justice and is taken into custody so no one else is at risk and anyone elseâs life is threatened or taken. They just need to know that weâre not resting and we have the full support and backing of everyone across this state.â
4. A âBlue Alertâ Was Issued, Sending Info About Wiggins to Phones of Tennessee Residents & Wiggins Has Been Added to the Stateâs Top 10 Most Wanted List
Tennessee authorities issued a âBlue Alert,â which sent information about Wiggins to phones of residents in the state, letting them know that he is wanted. It is a relatively new law that allows law enforcement to send out an alert similar to an Amber Alert in connection to police shootings.
âYour cell phone may have just alerted you to a Tennessee Blue Alert,â the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted. âItâs similar to an AMBER Alert, but used in cases in which a law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously injured in the line-of-duty.â
It is only the second time the alert has been used in the programâs history.
Wiggins has been added t o the Tennessee Top 10 Most Wanted list and a $2,500 reward has been issued for information leading to his arrest.
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5. Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker Is Survived by His Wife & Young Daughter
Sergeant Daniel Baker.
Sergeant Daniel Baker has been named as the Dickson County deputy killed in the shooting. He is survived by his wife and his young daughter. Baker was 32. According to The Tennessean, Baker had worked for the sheriffâs office since 2008. He is a Marine Corps veteran and Columbia, Tennessee, native, according to his Facebook page. He graduated from Columbia Central High School in 2004. Baker and his wife would have celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on June 7.
In March, Baker chased and caught a drunken man who fired a gun in the parking lot of a Mary Poppins play at the Dickson Renaissance Center, The Tennessean reports. Baker was working security while off-duty and heard the shots. He chased the suspect onto Highway 46 and detained him until other officers arrived, the newspaper reports.
In 2013, Baker and another deputy helped rescue a woman who was trapped in a truck that overturned in a creek. He and Deputy Katelynd Scott went into the waist-deep water and freed the woman, who was under water, according to The Tennessean.
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