Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Suspect detained in fatal shooting of Indiana cop

Suspect detained in fatal shooting of Indiana cop

A police officer slain Friday in Terre Haute, Ind., was investigating a homicide, authorities said.

The dying was the primary within the line of responsibility by an officer with the Terre Haute Police Division since July 11, 2011.

For those wanting to pay their respects, police will be moving Officer Pitts from Regional Hospital to DeBaun Funeral home at 1 p.m. On Saturday. The route will be Southbound on 7th Street to westbound Springhill Road. "We are praying for his family, friends, colleagues, and community".

Adamson says Terre Haute police and police from other agencies have a building at surrounded at the Garden Quarter apartment complex and the suspect is believed to be inside.

A veteran IN police officer was fatally shot early Friday evening at a Terre Haute apartment complex during a confrontation with a homicide suspect who later died from injuries suffered during the shootout, authorities said. Authorities did not reveal when the homicide under investigation occurred.

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One of his bullets in the exchange of gunfire hit Pitts.

"It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department", Indiana State Police spokesman Joe Watts said in announcing the officer's death.

"It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department", Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said. "It's bone chilling, it's heart wrenching, it's just the worst call that you can possible hear so, we're going to do what we can to support THPD like we always do and we thank you for your support".

Local churches have also arranged a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. today at the Vigo County Courthouse.

Ryan Adamson with the Terre Haute Police Department says Officer Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department.

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