70 officers and deputies escort fallen cop's son back to school

70 officers and deputies escort fallen cop's son back to school

Dakota Pitts is just five years old. But what he got was a 70-strong police escort lining the entrance.

Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty earlier this month after a shootout with a homicide suspect.

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

"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", said Les Ham, Terre Haute Police Department detective. The officers also gave him his very own SWAT T-shirt and badge upon his arrival.

He says he simply wants to show his support and it's not the first time he's seen how much community support means to the officers.

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Eventually a SWAT team entered the apartment and located the suspect, ending the standoff at 9.15pm. "Blood doesn't always make family, but I think the "Blue Family" went above and beyond", said Kelli Jones, Rob Pitts' sister.

It's been nearly two weeks since Terre Haute officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed in the line of duty.

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.

A t-shirt company has raised nearly $15,000 in Rob Pitts' name to help the department buy a new police dog.

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