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

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A "blue line" of support helped an Indiana boy go back to school, after his police officer father was killed on the job. 

Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty two weeks ago. 

When it came time for 5-year-old Dakota Pitts to go back to school, he asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school in his dad's police car on his first day back. 

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. 

Officer Pitts was a 16-year member of the Terre Haute Police Department following six years with the police force in the nearby city of Sullivan, where he lived and was buried.

Pitts was among several officers who arrived at an apartment building two weeks ago where police had spotted 21-year-old Christopher A. Wolfe, who was suspected of fatally shooting 26-year-old Robert Olson at a Terre Haute home, according to authorities.

Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts, court documents said. Wolfe also died of a gunshot wound, but officials haven’t yet released details about how he was shot.

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