Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

70 cops escort son of slain officer to school

70 cops escort son of slain officer to school

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.

Dakota Pitts had told his mother that he didn't want to show up at school alone, according to CBS.

The suspect was killed, while Officer Pitts died at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Footage shows Dakota Pitts walking with a police past a line of his father's colleagues, who stand solemnly, to the school gates.

When he arrived at Sullivan Elementary, there were 70 IN police waiting outside to give Dakota his very own police escort to school.

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

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

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

Rob Pitts, a veteran of Terre Haute police department, was shot and killed as he responded to a call at an apartment complex on May 4.

Wolfe was also killed in the gunfire exchange.

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

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

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