Alleged Tennessee Deputy Killer Arrested after Manhunt, Police Say

Accused killer of Tennessee deputy captured after three-day manhunt

His clothes were muddy and his jeans were ripped.

"Teamwork and diligence has paid off!"

During Friday's news conference, authorities said Wiggins was found on foot and they declined to answer if Wiggins was armed at the time of his arrest.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of Steven Wiggins, the suspect wanted for the homicide of Dickson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daniel Baker on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018.

According to Colonel Dereck Stewart, Trooper Kevin Burch was out on patrol when he noticed a man near a wood line.

The trooper drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to get on the ground. Additionally, several law enforcement departments from across the nation made a decision to chip in $20,000, bringing the total to $46,000 as the search continues for shooting suspect Steven Joshua Wiggins.

"The terrain is very rough out there - a lot of creeks, a lot of hills", Elwood said. Wiggins was arrested without incident, he said. He was expected to be booked later. The Dickson County government offered $10,000, bringing the total to $46,000.

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Daniel Baker, who was found dead Wednesday in his auto in a wooded area after he failed to report while checking a suspicious vehicle. Baker was later found dead inside his vehicle in a wooded area two or three miles from the scene. He wouldn't detail what investigators believe happened next, but said the situation escalated. The deputy's vehicle was eventually tracked by Global Positioning System to a wooded area several miles (kilometers) away, and the deputy was found dead inside of it. Baker was found dead in his vehicle. He also served in the Marine Corps Reserves.

"There are no words to describe the level of devastation that myself and family are dealing with", Bledsoe said before choking into tears.

"His service and his country and community will always be remembered", Bledsoe read.

Video evidence and other elements from the scene helped the TBI identify Wiggins as a suspect. Federal, state and local authorities searched for Wiggins over two days, checking into hundreds of tips.

Wiggins, a felon with a violent criminal history spanning back more than a decade, was wanted on multiple warrants at the time of the shooting including one for reportedly attacking Castro-Miles at a motel in Kingston Springs and stealing her four-door Saturn the day prior to the shooting.

District Attorney General Ray Crouch said he will seek the death penalty against Wiggins, who faces a charge of first-degree premeditated murder. She said Wiggins then grabbed her keys and took the vehicle without her permission.

An affidavit said she told police she watched as Wiggins shot the 32-year-old deputy.

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