Dickson County Fallen Officer, Sgt. Daniel Baker, holds many ties to Lewis County. His grandparents, Don Baker and the late Willie Ann Hensley Baker, were born, raised and graduated high school in Lewis County.
Sgt. Baker’s great grandparents, the late Ray and Lema Baker, owned and operated Baker Grocery Store, now Tina’s Country Store on Summertown Highway, for many years. One of his aunts, Faye Grover, is a realtor in Lawrence County.
His great grandmother, Willie Ann, was the daughter of Mary Jane Hensley, a sister of Leemore Cotham. She served as postmaster of Waverly until her retirement.
Following a two-day massive manhunt, the suspect accused of killed Sgt. Baker, Steven Wiggins, was taken into custody on Friday morning, June 1, 2018.
A new trooper, Kevin Burch, was on patrol in Hickman County Friday morning when he saw a person near a woodline, according to Lt. Col. Dereck Stewart of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The trooper walked up to approach the man and noticed he had tattoos and met the description of the suspect.
The trooper drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to get on the ground. The suspect “willfully obeyed” the trooper and was taken into custody without incident, Stewart said.
He was muddy and his jeans were ripped. He was found not far from where the shooting occurred.
It was stated by authorities that Wiggins was booked into jail wearing the handcuffs of Sgt. Baker, who was found dead in his car.
Sgt. Baker was killed after responding to a call about a suspicious car on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said “everything escalated from there once he discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen.”
Sgt. Baker could not be contacted for some time, but the deputy’s car was eventually tracked by GPS to a wooded area two or three miles away from the initial stop.
Sgt. Baker had ten years of service with the Dickson County Sheriff Department.
Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward stated in the Hickman County Times, “My department received many phone calls and went house to house searching for Wiggins. Additional personnel were called in to assist with the search.”
Lewis County law enforcement were dispatched to the area of Darbytown Road on Thursday, May 31 of a suspicious suspect believed to have been Wiggins. Hohenwald Police Department and Lewis County Sheriff Department searched relentlessly to find out it was not Wiggins.
Sgt. Baker’s funeral was held Tuesday, June 5 in Dickson. A complete obituary may be found on page 4 of this edition.
A GoFundMe account has been set up in Sgt. Baker’s memory.