Slain Indiana cop's son greeted by officers on return 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 returned to school for the first time on Monday after losing his father about a week ago.

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

According to CBS News, Pitts was the first Terre Haute officer to die since 2011.

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

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

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

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

"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Officer Pitts' sister Kelli Jones told WTHI-TV.

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Dakota's dad, Rob Pitts, was IN police officer for the Terre Haute and Sullivan police departments.

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

The SWAT team entered the apartment around 9:15pm and located Wolfe who was also killed in the gunfire exchange.

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

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Rob, a 16-year veteran of the force, left behind a wife and his 5-year-old son, Dakota. "I ask Hoosiers around the state to join me in honoring Patrolman Pitts" service & dedication, ' he said.

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