Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Indiana Officers Escort Boy To School After His Dad's Murder

Indiana Officers Escort Boy To School After His Dad's Murder

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 U.S. state of Indiana.

The officer also told Dakota they would always have his back.

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

Dakota had requested that his father's friends escort him to school, and Monday, dozens of police officers lined the walk to show support.

Rob Pitts was one of four officers who were fired on as they approached an apartment building on May 4.

Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school in his dad's police auto for his first day back. The SWAT team even presented Dakota with his own shirt and badge.

Christopher Wolfe, 21, was suspected of shooting and killing a 26-year-old man at a home in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Around 70 officers showed up to support Dakota after the death of his dad, who was a police officer in both Terre Haute and Sullivan for a combined 22 years, according to Fox6.

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. "Blood doesn't always make family, but I think the "Blue Family" went above and beyond", said Kelli Jones, Rob Pitts' sister.

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

Dakota returned to school Monday and didn't want to go alone.

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