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So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school

16 May 2018

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.

IN youngster Dakota Pitts was welcomed to school with a tribute from some of his father's colleagues.

The community has shown his family an outpouring of support, and it continued on Monday when Pitts' 5-year-old son Dakota returned to school, WTHI reports. He and other officers approached Christopher Wolfe, 21, who died of a gunshot wound after barricading himself inside an apartment.

Dakota hadn't been back to his IN elementary school until yesterday and he asked for one of his dad's co-workers to take him. The SWAT team even presented Dakota with his own shirt and badge.

His dad, Rob Pitts, was a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department and was killed in a shootout between police and a suspect on May 4, according to the department.

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Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts, court documents said.

It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department, ' Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said.

Pitts also leaves behind another son and daughter.

"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".

So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school