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Manhunt underway in Tennessee after deputy found shot dead in car


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searching for Steven Wiggins who is the person-of-interest in the shooting death of a Dickson County sheriff's deputy on Wednesday. (TBI)

A woman was captured in the shooting death of a Tennessee cop but her alleged accomplice remained on the lam, authorities said Wednesday night.

Erika Castro Miles was arrested and charged with murder of Dickson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Daniel Baker, according to the state Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Steven Wiggins remained wanted as a person of interest in the fatal altercation.

A reward of $12,500 was offered in his capture.

Law enforcement lost touch with the slain deputy after he responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle around 7 a.m. Wednesday. They tracked his GPS and discovered the 32-year-old deputy dead of a gunshot wound inside his patrol car.

"I am unable to communicate verbally at this time. My son was a kind, compassionate young man," his mother, Veronica Bryan, said in a statement to WZTV.

"He loved his family, and adored his wife and daughter. He loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He served his country in Marines and came home to serve his community. He was a faithful servant to all."

Authorities said Wiggins is believed to be armed and dangerous. He was described by authorities as a white, balding male with brown hair. He stands at about 6-foot-1 and weighs about 220 pounds.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area along Tidwell Switch while authorities comb the densely wooded area for the suspected shooter.

The accused deputy killer on Tuesday was charged with aggravated assault and vehicle theft in Kingston Springs.

Officers responded to a residence off Luyben Hill road where a woman told them Wiggins slapped her and pulled her hair before threatening to kill her, according to a police report.

The said he'd been "doing meth all night" and smoking marijuana.

Wiggins' rapsheet also includes convictions for aggravated assault, theft, vandalism and domestic assault.

Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe during a press briefing Wednesday vowed to track down the shooter and bring him to justice even though "everyone's hearts are broken."

With Nicole Hensley