The Tennessee Highway Patrol says suspect Steven Wiggins shot and killed a DCSO deputy on Wednesday morning.
According to officials, Wiggins was involved in an early morning altercation with the deputy after a vehicle was reported stolen in Kingston Springs.
Who is the deputy?
The deputy has been identified as 32-year-old Sgt. Daniel Baker.
Be on the lookout
Steven Wiggins has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.
He is considered armed and dangerous.
Authorities urge anyone who spots him to call 911.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
What is a Tennessee Blue Alert?
At approximately 10:30 a.m., mobile devices in Tennessee rang with a Tennessee Blue Alert, containing information about Wiggins.
Blue Alerts are similar to AMBER Alerts, but used in cases in which a law enforcement officer has been killed or seriously injured in the line-of-duty, according to TBI.
There are five criteria that must be met in order for a Blue Alert to be issued:
- A sworn law enforcement officer is killed, sustains life threatening injuries or the officer is missing in the line of duty under circumstances warranting concern for the law enforcement officer’s safety.
- The suspect or suspects pose an imminent threat to public safety and law enforcement personnel
- A description of the offender or vehicle is available for statewide broadcast to the public and law enforcement 911 centers.
- Prior to activation, if the suspect or suspects are identified, the requesting agency will immediately place the suspect in the temporary felon file in the National Crime Information Center and obtain felony warrants as soon as possible or within 24 hours.
- The head of any Tennessee law enforcement agency, Colonel of the Highway Patrol, Chief, Sheriff or their designee of the investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction requests the TBI to activate the Blue Alert system.
TBI began issuing these alerts on July 1, 2011.