70 cops escort son of slain officer to school

70 cops escort son of slain officer to school

70 cops escort son of slain officer to school

Dakota Pitts headed back to school Monday for the first time since the death of his father, Officer Rob Pitts - who was killed in the line of duty. They wanted Dakota to know they will always have his back.

The officer was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he died.

Some 70 police officers showed up, standing in support as he walked in - wearing a yellow backpack and his dad's police badge around the neck.

For his first day back to school, Dakota asked if one of his dad's friends could drive him in his dad's police vehicle.

So, Dakota asked his mom whether one of his dad's fellow police officers could escort him to Sullivan Elementary School in western Indiana.

Kelli Jones, Officer Pitts' sister, told WHTI-TV: "He will definitely know that his dad was a hero".

Rob, a 16-year veteran of the force, left behind a wife and his 5-year-old son, Dakota.


Several of the officers came forward and presented Dakota with small tokens such as a T-shirt and a police patch.

The 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department was killed in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, on Friday, May 4.

A three-hour standoff ensued before Wolfe opened fire from the second floor of the apartment, fatally striking Pitts.

The suspect was also killed in the shootout.

"It's a brotherhood", said Detective Les Hamm.

"I hope that what happened today is a memory that he will keep forever, because that's what we want, we want him to have good memories".

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