Fallen officer's son gets police escort to school

A 5-year-old IN boy returned to school with 70 law enforcement officers by his side. They wanted Dakota to know they will always have his back.

The officers weren't just from Terre Haute, where Dakota's dad Rob Pitts was an officer.

Keeping vigil by his dad's police vehicle is comforting to 5-year-old Dakota Pitts. He asked his mother if an officer could take him to school on his first day back.

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

So, Dakota asked his mom whether one of his dad's fellow police officers could escort him to Sullivan Elementary School in western Indiana.

The 16-year police vet was fatally shot by a 21-year-old suspect while responding to a call last week.

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"He will definitely know that his dad was a hero", she told Fox6. Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts.

Wolfe was also killed in the gunfire exchange.

His dad Rob Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department, in the USA state of Indiana. "Blood doesn't always make family, but I think the "Blue Family" went above and beyond", said Kelli Jones, Rob Pitts' sister.

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

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

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

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