UPDATE: Manhunt continues for man accused of killing Tennessee deputy

Associated Press • Updated May 30, 2018 at 4:32 PM

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot during a traffic stop early Wednesday and police were offering a $7,500 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 man with balding brown hair who they believe is armed and dangerous. State, federal and local authorities have launched a manhunt for him in the area near where the Dickson County deputy was shot and killed.

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 said at a news conference. The deputy’s car was tracked by GPS to a location 2 or 3 miles (3 to 5 kilometers) away, and the deputy was found dead inside of it.

“If he is listening or anyone listening that knows him that could talk some sense into him, that he would turn himself in, that’s what he needs to do,” Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said of Wiggins at the news conference. “Because we’re not going to rest. We’re not going to leave anything unturned until he’s brought in for justice.”

The TBI added Wiggins to its Top 10 Most Wanted list late Wednesday morning.

The deputy’s name has not been released, but the sheriff said he was one of the department’s best, a supervisor who had worked his way up to sergeant on patrol. Bledsoe became emotional while talking about the tragedy.

“Our heart’s shattered with this,” he said.

The Tennessean reported that a close family friend and family on social media had identified the deputy as 32-year-old Sgt. Daniel Baker.

Wiggins was identified as the suspect from video footage, Niland said.

Wiggins was already wanted on charges that he assaulted a woman and stole her car when he was pulled over Wednesday, according to a report from the Kingston Springs Police Department.

The report says a woman told police early Tuesday that Wiggins had slapped her in the face and pulled out some of her hair, then put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her if she called police. She said he then grabbed her keys and took her car without her permission.

At the time of the report, the woman, 38, told police Wiggins was “doing meth all night and smoking marijuana.” She told police she planned to press charges, the report said.

Update posted at 1:45 p.m.:

Authorities were searching for a man who they say shot and killed a Dickson County Sheriff's Office deputy Wednesday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The Humphreys County Sheriff's Office identified the wanted man as 31-year-old Steven Wiggins.

Authorities have not officially identified the deputy but a close family friend and family on social media have identified him as 32-year-old Sgt. Daniel Baker.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the agency leading the fatal officer-involved shooting investigation, added Wiggins to its Top 10 Most Wanted list late Wednesday morning.

Our partners at the Tennessean are following this developing story.

Earlier report posted at 10:53 a.m.:

A Dickson County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed Wednesday morning, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman.

A search is underway in the southern portion of the county County for a suspect involved in early morning altercation with the deputy after a vehicle was reported stolen in Kingston Springs, according to officials.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is en route to the scene, authorities said.

Citizens and motorists are being asked to clear the area along Tidwell Switch near the intersection with Bear Creek Valley Road at the Dickson-Hickman county line while law enforcement search for the suspect.

Our partners at the Tennessean are following this developing story.

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