So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school

5-year-old son of fallen Terre Haute officer shares message for his dad

70 Indiana police officers escort son of fallen officer for first day back to school

Five-year-old Dakota Pitts has returned to school for the first time since his father was killed in the line of duty last week.

IN youngster Dakota Pitts was welcomed to school with a tribute from some of his father's colleagues.

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

In Terre Haute, Indiana, the 5-year-old son of a slain police officer received an overwhelming welcome for his first day back to school after his father's shooting death. He and other officers approached Christopher Wolfe, 21, who died of a gunshot wound after barricading himself inside an apartment.

Dakota asked his mom if he could have an escort for his first day back to school.

Dakota was given his own badge and a SWAT t-shirt when he arrived at the school in Sullivan, Ind.

Upon his arrival, Dakota discovered 70 Terre Haute police officers and Vigo County sheriff's deputies waiting to welcome him to school.

"He will definitely know that his dad was a hero", she told Fox6.

Wolfe was also killed in the gunfire exchange. "And I think the blue family went above and beyond", Jones told WTHI.

Two weeks ago, IN police officer Rob Pitt was shot and killed by a homicide suspect during an exchange of gunfire.

It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department, ' Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said.

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

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