Dickson County, TN – The mother of Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker identified her son as the deputy murdered Wednesday morning.
The murdered hero's mother released a statement to FOX 17.
“I am unable to communicate verbally at this time. My son was a kind, compassionate young man. He loved his family, and adored his wife and daughter. He loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. He served his country in the Marines and came home to serve his community. He was a faithful servant to all. Please allow our family to process this tragedy," Sergeant Baker's mother said in the statement to FOX 17.
According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the incident happened when Sergeant Baker, 32, responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at around 7 a.m.
After Sergeant Baker responded, dispatch was unable to reach him.
A search was launched for Sergeant Baker and an officer located him deceased with a gunshot wound in his patrol car near the boundary line between Dickson and Hickman counties, far from where the suspicious vehicle was reported.
The sergeant was fatally shot in the gunfight.
The suspect, identified from video evidence as Steven Wiggins, fled the scene, and a massive manhunt is now underway the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Blue Alert has been issued in the area, with residents getting phone notifications and highway readerboards broadcasting the suspect info.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of Wiggins.
Police said that Wiggins should be considered armed and dangerous, and warned residents to remain alert, WTVF reported.
TBI is asking people to share his photo and info as often as they can.
Please be sure to share this on social media. Even if you aren't in the area, sharing can help get his face out there.
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