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

15 May 2018

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

Dakota wore his father's badge around his neck and over 70 officers welcomed Dakota back to school.

Dakota, the 5-year-old son of the late Terre Haute patrolman Rob Pitts, only asked if one of his dad's friends could ride in his father's police auto on his way to school, according to FOX59.

Officer Pitts, 45, was killed during a shootout with a homicide suspect on Friday, May 4.

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Several of the officers came forward and presented Dakota with small tokens such as a T-shirt and a police patch.

"Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school so she reached out to Rob's friends and families", Les Hamm, a detective with Terre Haute police department told CNN affiliate WTHI TV.

Wolfe was suspected of fatally shooting a 26-year-old man at a home in Terre Haute.

Pitts also leaves behind another son and daughter.

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

The suspect opened fire from a second floor Terre Haute apartment building after he was approached by four investigators, police said.

"Blood doesn't always make family and I think the blue family went above and beyond".

If you would like to help THPD's fundraiser, you can purchase a bracelet at the Terre Haute Police Department's records room.

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He is the first Terre Haute officer to die on duty since July 11, 2011.

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