DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - In a statement released to the media, the wife of Sgt. Daniel Baker asked family, friends and the community to help their young daughter always remember how wonderful her father was.
Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe became emotional as he read the statement from Sgt. Baker's wife during a brief news conference Friday morning, just a few hours after the alleged gunman was taken into custody.
"There are no words to describe the level of devastation that myself and family are dealing with. We, the family of my husband and best friend Sgt. Daniel Baker, would like to convey our gratitude to the endless efforts of the law enforcement officers, first responders, EMS, fire and rescue and volunteers in the apprehension of the two suspects who have forever changed our lives. Our deepest thank you."
The statement continued, "The family would like to thank our amazing local community for the outpouring of love and support that's been shown during this most difficult and trying time. Lastly, we would like to ask our friends, family and community to help our daughter Meredith to always know how amazing and wonderful her father is. His service and dedication to his country and community will always be remembered."
Sgt. Baker was shot and killed in the line-of-duty early Wednesday morning when he responded to a "suspicious vehicle" call.
He was found dead a short time later in his patrol car.
Two people – Steven Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles – have been taken into custody and charged with his death. Wiggins was arrested Friday morning after a 48-hour manhunt.