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Tennessee Deputy Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

'Armed and dangerous' suspect sought
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2018 12:41 AM CDT
This 2017 photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Steven Joshua Wiggins after he was arrested in Williamson County.   (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP)
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(Newser) – A Tennessee sheriff's deputy was fatally shot during a traffic stop early Wednesday and police are offering a $12,500 reward to help them find the suspect, a man charged the day before with hitting a woman and stealing her car. Authorities identified the suspect as Steven Joshua Wiggins, 31, a white male with balding brown hair who they believe is armed and dangerous. State, federal, and local authorities conducted a manhunt of the area Wednesday near where Dickson County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker was shot and killed, the AP reports. The deputy responded to a call about a suspicious car Wednesday, then couldn't be contacted for some time, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland says.

The deputy's car was tracked by GPS to a location 2 or 3 miles away, and the deputy was found dead inside it, Niland says. "He has the option to do the right thing," Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said of Wiggins at a news conference Wednesday. "People make mistakes and people do things that are terrible, and this is an evil deed that he has done. But now he can show people that there's still something left in him by turning himself in." The sheriff said Baker was one of the department's best, a supervisor who had worked his way up to sergeant on patrol during his 10-year stint with the office. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Bledsoe said his agency has lost a brother, and the community has lost a hero. "Our hearts shattered with this," he said.

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