70 officers escort Ind. boy to school after dad's death

5-year-old son of fallen Terre Haute officer shares message for his dad

70 Indiana police officers escort son of fallen officer for first day back to school

Wearing his father's badge, the boy returned to Sullivan Elementary School with dozens of cops by his side, WNDU reported.

About 70 Terre Haute police officers and Virgo County Sheriff's deputies greeted Dakota at the door to show him support on his first day back.

The five-year-old son of an IN police officer who was killed while on duty has been given a special welcome back to school by his father's colleagues.

Dakota's dad, 45-year-old Rob Pitt, was killed last week after a three-hour standoff with Christopher Wolfe, 21, who was suspected of murder.

He stops and waves to someone behind the camera, and an officer then gives him a SWAT shirt.

"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Officer Pitts' sister Kelli Jones told WTHI-TV. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond".

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He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

Wolfe was also killed in the gunfire exchange.

The suspect opened fire from a second floor Terre Haute apartment building after he was approached by four investigators, police said. He was a fine officer and he was going toward danger to help his fellow officers apprehend a homicide suspect, ' he said.

"Officer Pitts was a 16 year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department". Especially for a fallen officer and his kid.

According to CBS News, Pitts was the first Terre Haute officer to die since 2011.

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