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Remembering Dickson County Sheriff Sgt. Daniel Baker one year later

Posted at 6:36 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 23:15:28-04

DICKSON, Tenn.  — Dickson County community members honored the life and service of Sgt. Daniel Baker on Thursday night - the anniversary of his death.

One year ago, the Dickson County sergeant was killed on duty. He left behind a young daughter and wife. Thursday night, the community gathered for a memorial service at 8 p.m. at Dickson County Memorial Gardens, where he is buried.

The family unveiled a new grave marker for the fallen sergeant.

"It was just a tragedy for our whole community," said family friend Heather Mayes.

Steven Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles are charged with first-degree murder for Sgt. Baker's death. Wiggins is accused of shooting and killing the officer at the intersection of Highway 46 and Bear Creek Valley Road. Castro-Miles was his passenger. Sgt. Baker was dispatched to the address to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

It took two days for officers to track down Wiggins. On June 1, 2018, he was captured less than two miles from where the shooting happened.

"I feel like Daniel paid the ultimate sacrifice and I don't think we should forget that," said Andrea Gribbins, friend.

Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe opened up the vigil by telling a story about Sgt. Baker, remembering the great work he did as a sergeant. He invited everyone to light a candle and remember the legacy Baker left behind.

"To reach out to the family again and let them know that we remember and we still support Sgt. Baker and the work that he did and the service he provided," said Sheriff Bledsoe.

The trial of Wiggins is set for August 2020.