Man Executed Cop, Impersonated Him On Radio, And Set Him On Fire

Prosecutors released additional details about Steven Wiggins' murder of Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker.

Dickson, TN – State and federal prosecutors released additional details about the brutal murder of Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker on Friday, including allegations that one of the suspects attempted to set the fallen hero’s body and patrol vehicle on fire.

Steven Wiggins, 31, and Erika Castro-Miles, 38, were charged with first-degree premeditated murder by state prosecutors on May 30, WTVF reported.

On Thursday, a grand jury returned indictments on 11 additional counts against Wiggins, including destruction of evidence, false report to a law enforcement officer, arson, theft, criminal impersonation, and abuse of a corpse, District Attorney Ray Crouch said during a Friday press conference.

Wiggins was also served with the state’s notice of intent to seek the death penalty.

“I look forward to seeking justice on behalf of Sgt. Baker’s family, of his friends, and on behalf of this community,” Crouch said during the conference.

Wiggins and Castro-Miles both pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in state court on Friday morning, The Washington Post reported.

U.S. Attorney Don Cochran further announced that Wiggins was indicted on four federal counts on Friday, including carjacking resulting in the death of Sgt. Baker, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence causing a death.

Wiggins will be eligible for the death penalty on two of the charges, Cochran said.

“We, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will back our men and women in blue,” Cochran vowed during the press conference. “Every act of violence against a law enforcement officer will be investigated by our office and, if appropriate, we will bring federal charges. Today, I’m here to make good on that promise.”

“Unfortunately, in our society today, there are too many who have come to believe that it’s okay to assault a law enforcement officer, and even some who believe that it’s okay to kill,” he continued.

“Our message here today … is that we will stand together, and we will come after you with everything we have. We’ll find you, and when we do, we’ll prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law in every available form. We’ll seek the maximum punishment allowed by law, and we will bring justice to our communities, and to the families of our fallen heroes,” he said.

Sgt. Baker was viciously murdered on May 30, after he responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The sergeant stumbled upon Wiggins and Castro-Miles, who were inside a vehicle that had a flat tire.

Sgt. Baker determined that the vehicle had been stolen, and directed both occupants to exit the vehicle.

Wiggins claimed that his driver’s door would not open, so the sergeant told him to get out of the passenger side of the car.

According to the press release, Sgt. Baker’s bodycam showed that Wiggins opened fire as the sergeant was walking around the rear of the stolen vehicle to meet Wiggins at the passenger door.

Wiggins fired approximately five rounds from a .45 caliber pistol, and the sergeant was hit by at least one as he attempted to get to cover.

Sgt. Baker collapsed to the ground several yards away, at which point Wiggins allegedly discharged five more rounds at him.

“The last three [appeared] to have been fired at close range,” the release noted.

Autopsy findings indicated that Sgt. Baker was shot six times – once in the torso, once in the hand, and three times in the left side of his head.

After he murdered Sgt. Baker, Wiggins dragged the slain hero’s body to his patrol vehicle and placed him in the back seat.

Wiggins also allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sent out a radio transmission at one point, KFOX reported. And when another deputy called Sgt. Baker’s cell phone, Wiggins answered it and tried to convince the deputy that he was Sgt. Baker.

Wiggins ultimately drove the patrol car into a field more than three miles away, and set the inside ablaze before fleeing the scene.

When he was apprehended on June 1, Wiggins was found to be in possession of Sgt. Baker’s firearm, as well as the .45 caliber handgun.

During the press conference, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Jason Locke noted that the multiagency collaboration had been paramount in Wiggins’ apprehension and praised the unity displayed at all levels of the investigation and forthcoming prosecution.

“These law enforcement officers, who selflessly accept the responsibility of placing themselves between their community and criminals, deserve to come home every night,” Locke said. “And when they don’t, when they’re injured or killed, those that do harm to them will face the full force of every agency represented here.”

“In this family, no one fights alone,” he added.

Wiggins, who was previously convicted of felony aggravated assault and domestic violence, was also on probation at the time of Sgt. Baker’s murder.

His trial has been set for Aug. 19, 2019, according to Crouch.

Comments (19)
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Awesomenana
Awesomenana

REST EASY IN GOD'S ARMS HERO.....WE WILL GET JUSTICE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! 💙💙💙💙💙💙

Buzz17
Buzz17

Take him outside & do to him what he did to Officer Baker & broadcast it live on every station so anyone who's even considering doing something similar can see the fate that awaits them if they do it. No mercy should be shown someone capable of this extreme evil.

lawman265
lawman265

Put some wood together and a piece of rope, I'm sure you know what to do from there

Principius
Principius

The female was in on it. Why isn't she going to get death as well..... or is she testifying against him?

MercedesGirl
MercedesGirl

Should have let him go into full cardiac arrest with his severe dehydration from hiding in the woods, instead of hydrating him at the hospital.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Another good example of a despicable animal who has forfeited his right to live, by taking the life of a law enforcement officer.....

Legend58
Legend58

If the body-cam shows this parasite shooting the officer why waste our money on a trial?

Paul g
Paul g

Let him a fast trail and then fry him up

catalacjack
catalacjack

Hang this waste of humanity in a big stadium, make people pay a couple of dollars to watch then give the proceeds to the deceased officer's family!

Any_One
Any_One

I don't refer to the police as just 'the men and women in blue'. Call it like it is, they are our heroes in blue! RIP dear Sergeant Daniel Baker

Grog
Grog

Summary execution!!!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Definitely deserves the death penalty. Get this POS out of circulation.......PERMANENTLY ! My condolences and sympathies to the fallen officer's family and brother officers.

Jimhilton911
Jimhilton911

The death penalty is not enough -we need to figure ways to add more pain for animals like this.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If the prosecutors and police can prove the allegations, and at this point it seems like they can, then they should get the maximum penalties allowed by law.

61mouse
61mouse

His trial has been set for Aug. 19, 2019, I'm sure there are some people that can take care of "the problem" before said trial date 😎

motor5345
motor5345

Why is this POS still alive WHY?????

Katarina
Katarina

We don't retaliate in kind because we are human beings. This Wiggins thing is pure evil, as was the woman who assisted him. This officer's family is experiencing a nightmare beyond just the loss of their loved one. God Bless them.

McFarlane
McFarlane

Oh, I'm here all right. Can't print what I'm thinking, but I'm here.

porman
porman

This is one of those rare times when it would have been absolutely ok for justice to have been served at he arrest site there's no need in a case like this for our tax dollars to be spent caring for this POS