Police launch manhunt following fatal shooting of deputy in Tennessee

Steve Wiggins

A manhunt is underway in central Tennessee after a deputy was shot and killed on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened in Dickson County, west of Nashville. Officials are searching for an armed suspect in the area of Bear Creek Valley Road and Tidwell Switch Road, the station reports. He is believed to be on foot.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the person of interest being sought as 31-year-old Steven Wiggins. A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman told news outlets Wiggins was involved in an altercation with the Dickson County deputy early Wednesday after a vehicle was reported stolen.

The bureau believes Wiggins fatally shot the unidentified sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted on Wednesday that it has placed Wiggins on its Top 10 Most Wanted list and is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest. The agency also has sent an alert about the suspect to cellphones in the area.

On Tuesday, Wiggins was charged with aggravated assault and vehicle theft in Kingston Springs, the station reports. According to a police report, officers were called to a home after a woman was assaulted.

Wiggins allegedly slapped the victim and pulled out her hair before saying he would kill her if she called police. He then fled in her car, the report said.

The victim said he’d been doing meth all night and smoking marijuana.

The TBI said he should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged anyone who sees him to call 911.

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