70 officers and deputies escort fallen cop's son back to school

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

But what he got was a 70-strong police escort lining the entrance.

His father, Rob Pitts, was shot to death while trying to arrest a murder suspect earlier this month in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dakota was greeted by at least 70 of his father's fellow brothers in blue as one of the officers walked him up the sidewalk to Sullivan Elementary School in western Indiana.

The officers gave Dakota gifts and told him they would always have his back.

He says he simply wants to show his support and it's not the first time he's seen how much community support means to the officers. What a lovely gesture for him on what we're sure was a daunting day.

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

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

"The sorrow @FLJanetHolcomb & I feel for the family of Patrolman Rob Pitts, the Terre Haute Police Department & the Wabash Valley region is beyond words". He was a 16-year veteran of the police force.

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

The five-year-old son of an IN police officer who was killed while on duty has been given a special welcome back to school by his father's colleagues.

"Officer Pitts was a 16 year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department". Blood doesn't always make family.

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