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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Police say she's looking for a long arrest warrant. Rewards totaling $ 15,000 were offered for information regarding the arrest of Steven Joshua Wiggins, 31, a white man with thinning brown hair. Officials said they believe he is armed and dangerous.
"It is very compelling for everyone to keep their eyes open to their ears for that person," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland at a news conference on Thursday. "He could be in Dickson County, he could be in a neighboring county, but the fact is, we do not know where he is."
The woman, Erika Castro-Miles, 38, was first indicted on Wednesday – degree murder, the TBI said.
Castro-Miles was named in police reports as Wiggins' girlfriend, reports CBS Nashville affiliate WTVF-TV. Wiggins was accused of beating Castro-Miles and stealing her car the day before shooting of the deputies, according to the station.
Federal, state and local authorities joined the search and test in 139 so far received tips including potential sightings. Wiggins was last seen in blue jeans and a black polo shirt, but could have changed his outfit, Niland said. Nonetheless, Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe of Dickson said he believes Wiggins could be on foot in the area.
"At this point, we will work with all our agencies and all our partners, and until then there will be no rest he has been detained," Bledsoe said at the press conference.
Baker has not been contacted for some time after responding to a suspicious car call, Niland said. The Deputy's vehicle was tracked by GPS to a wooded area about 2 miles away, and Baker was found dead in the vehicle.
Wiggins was identified as the suspect by a video recording, Niland said. He was already charged with attacking the woman and stealing her car when he was run over by a report from the Kingston Springs Police Department
According to a police report, Castro-Miles said Tuesday that Wiggins had slapped her face and She took off some of her hair, then put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her if she called the police. She said he then took her keys and took her car without her permission.
Then she told the police that Wiggins had "made meth and smoked marijuana all night." She told the police that she was planning to file an indictment, the report said.
According to local news, Castro-Miles was in a sworn statement in the Dickson County court with Wiggins in the car when he shot and killed the deputy. She escaped from the shooting scene on Wednesday and hid under a house, according to the affidavit.
Castro-Miles is being imprisoned in Dickson District Prison. It is not immediately known if she has a lawyer.
Regarding Wiggins, the sheriff said he must be held accountable for the maximum sentence the law will allow.
The Sheriff said that Baker, 32, was one of the best It was a supervisor who had worked his way up the patrol sergeant during his 10 years at 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 heart is shaken," he said.