70 officers escort Ind. boy to school after dad's death

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Sullivan Elementary Principal Samantha Phegley told CNN the school wanted to facilitate Dakota's return to school as much as possible.

Dakota had requested that his father's friends escort him to school, and Monday, dozens of police officers lined the walk to show support.

Dakota, the 5-year-old son of the late Terre Haute patrolman Rob Pitts, only asked if one of his dad's friends could ride in his father's police vehicle on his way to school, according to FOX59.

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.

He wore his father's badge and was presented a SWAT shirt.

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"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Pitts' sister, Kelli Jones, told WTHI-TV. Wolfe also died of a gunshot wound, but officials haven't yet released details about how he was shot.

All five-year-old Dakota Pitts asked for was to be taken to school by one of his dad's co-workers and friends.

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 was a fine officer and he was going toward danger to help his fellow officers apprehend a homicide suspect, ' he said.

A vigil for the fallen officer was held that Sunday evening at the Sullivan Indiana Courthouse.