Authorities arrested a woman in connection with the death of Wedneaday in the morning of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy who was shot when he answered a call from a resident about a suspect car. In a statement on Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it had developed information that 38-year-old Erika Castro-Miles had "been involved in the incident."
Castro-Miles, who was already in custody, was first charged with a degree murder in the assassination of Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker
She was in Dickson County Prison. It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer.
Authorities were still searching for the suspect Steven Joshua Wiggins. The reward for information leading to his arrest was raised to $ 1
"Wiggins remains the subject of a Tennessee Blue Alert and has also been included in the top 10 most wanted list of the state," the TBI said in a statement late Wednesday.
Castro-Miles was "Wiggins & # 39; girlfriend, "reports CBS Nashville member WTVF-TV.
Wiggins was accused on Tuesday of beating a woman and stealing her car. This woman was identified in a police report as Castro-Miles, says the station.
State, federal and local authorities conducted a search in the area where Baker was killed.
Baker responded to a call for a suspicious car Wednesday, then could not be contacted for some time, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Niland said at a news conference. The deputy's vehicle was tracked by GPS to a location two or three miles away, and his body was found in the vehicle.
"He has the opportunity to do the right thing," Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said about Wiggins. "People make mistakes and people do things that are horrible, and that's a nasty act he did, but now he can show people there's something else in him by putting himself."
Bledsoe also said that Wiggins needs He said he wanted the maximum sentence allowed by the law.
The sheriff said Baker was one of the best in the department, an overseer who worked his way up the field sergeant during his ten-year tenure. 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.
Wiggins was identified as the suspect from the surveillance video from the area, Niland said.
He has already been charged with an act of attacking a woman and stealing her car, according to a report by the Kingston Springs Police Department.
The report said one woman told police early Tuesday that Wiggins had hit her face and pulled out 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.
At the time of the report, the woman, 38, said police Wiggins "made meth all night and smokes marijuana." She told the police she was planning to bring charges, the report said.
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