So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school

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

Wearing his father's badge, the boy returned to Sullivan Elementary School with dozens of cops by his side, WNDU reported.

Dakota hadn't been back to his IN elementary school until yesterday and he asked for one of his dad's co-workers to take him.

No less than 70 policemen escorted a 5-year-old in boy to school on his first day back after his father, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty.

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

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

Sullivan Elementary School Principal Samantha Phegley knows the struggle that Dakota Pitts will face. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond", said Kelli Jones, Officer Pitts' sister.

Not only did he get a ride to school, but when he arrived, he saw at least 70 of his dad's fellow Terre Haute Police officers and Vigo County Sheriff's deputies lining the sidewalk to his school.

A three-hour standoff ensued before Wolfe opened fire from the second floor of the apartment, fatally striking Pitts.

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Pitts also leaves behind another son and daughter.

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

The 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department was killed in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, on Friday, May 4. Especially for a fallen officer and his kid.

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