Slain Indiana cop's son greeted by officers on return to school

Calvin Saunders
May 16, 2018

More than 70 police officers and SWAT members have escorted five-year-old Dakota Pitts to school after his father died in the line of duty in the USA state of Indiana.

"Welcome back to school, bud", one of the officers says.

The officers weren't just from Terre Haute, where Dakota's dad Rob Pitts was an officer.

The 5-year-old wore his father's police badge proudly and walked past the long line of officers.

Les Ham, Terre Haute Police Department detective, said: "Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school, so she kind of reached out to Rob's friends and family".

When the son of a fallen Terre Haute, Indiana police officer went back to school Monday, May 14, 70 of his father's coworkers were there in uniform to show their support. "He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Kelli Jones, Dakota's aunt, said.

His father, Rob Pitts, was an officer in the Terre Haute police department in IN, and he was killed in a shootout earlier this month.

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The 16-year police vet was fatally shot by a 21-year-old suspect while responding to a call last week.

He was presented with a SWAT team shirt and badge during his arrival.

The suspect was also killed in the shootout.

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

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.

"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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