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

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

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

Heartwarming footage shows the youngster walking to the doors of his school, wearing his dad's badge around his neck, flanked by dozens of officers standing in solidarity for the fearless little boy.

On Saturday Terre Haute police spokesman, Ryan Adamson, said: "We are sad to report that Patrolman Rob Pitts #196 was the Officer killed in yesterday's incident".

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

He stops and waves to someone behind the camera, and an officer then gives him a SWAT shirt. "He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Kelli Jones, Dakota's aunt, said.

"Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school so she reached out to Rob's friends and families", Les Hamm, a detective with Terre Haute police department told CNN affiliate WTHI TV.

Dakota Pitts is just five years old.

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

The suspect was also killed in the shootout. He was a fine officer and he was going toward danger to help his fellow officers apprehend a homicide suspect, ' he said.

Dakota's father, Rob, was killed while on duty on May 4.

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