Hours after a Dickson County deputy was killed in the line-of-duty, the sheriff says the community has lost a hero.
Sgt. Daniel Baker was shot and killed after he responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Vineyard Road around 7 a.m.
Baker, 32, responded to the scene. He was found dead inside his patrol car in a wooded area just a couple of miles away on Bear Creek Valley Road.
Authorities are now searching for the accused gunman who they have identified as Steven Wiggins.
Sgt. Baker served the Dickson County community for 10 years, three months and 12 days.
He began working with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 18, 2008, as a patrol deputy.
Baker quickly moved up the ranks and became a patrol corporal on April 3, 2011, and a patrol sergeant on Sept. 9, 2012.
He joined the Dickson County SORT team in Aug. 2013.
Baker also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
“Not only has our agency lost a brother but our community has lost a hero. RIP our brother… We will take it from here,” Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said in a release.
Baker leaves behind a wife and daughter.
According to the Spring Hill Police Department, Baker is the son of Spring Hill Detective Darryl Baker and stepbrother of Ofc. Evan Bohn.