So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school

15 May, 2018, 22:34 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • 5-year-old son of fallen Terre Haute officer shares message for his dad

Dakota returned to school Monday and didn't want to go alone.

Footage shows Dakota Pitts walking with a police past a line of his father's colleagues, who stand solemnly, to the school gates.

Dakota's dad, Rob Pitts, was IN police officer for the Terre Haute and Sullivan police departments.

SWAT officers also presented Dakota with his own SWAT shirt and badge.

"Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school, so she reached out to Rob's friends and families", Les Hamm, a detective with Terre Haute Police Department, told WTHI-TV.

When he arrived at his school in Sullivan he was greeted by 70 Terre Haute police officers and Vigo County sheriff's deputies.




"Blood doesn't always make family and I think the blue family went above and beyond".

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

Officer Pitts and his team approached an apartment complex Friday evening where an armed murder suspect was barricaded inside.

He was one of four officers who were fired upon in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect on May 4, the Terre Haute Police Department said.

He was a member of the Terre Haute Police Department for 16 years, following six years with the police force in the nearby city of Sullivan, where he lived and was buried.

He is the first Terre Haute officer to die on duty since July 11, 2011.

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