A police officer slain Friday in Terre Haute, Ind., was investigating a homicide, authorities said./ Terre Haute Police Department
Homicide Suspect and a Terre Haute Police Officer Die during Exchange of Gunfire
Vigo County—Indiana State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are currently investigating the death of a veteran Terre Haute Police Officer and a homicide suspect during an exchange of gunfire at an apartment building on Linwood Street in the Garden Quarter Apartment Complex, south side of Terre Haute, at approximately 6:32 last evening.
Preliminary investigation revealed the Terre Haute Police Department was investigating an early Friday afternoon homicide on south 18th Street in the city. As their investigation progressed, information led four of their officers to a potential suspect in the Garden Quarter Apartment. As the officers encountered the male suspect near the front door of the two-story building, the suspect fired upon the officers from an elevated position on the second floor. Terre Haute Police Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The veteran officer was rushed to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
“We are sad to report that Patrolman Rob Pitts #196 was the Officer killed in yesterday’s incident.Officer Pitts was a 16 year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department. Rob is deeply missed, but we are grateful for the time we had with him.Thank you for your continued prayers.”
We are sad to report that Patrolman Rob Pitts #196 was the Officer killed in yesterday’s incident.Officer Pitts was a 16 year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department.Rob is deeply missed, but we are grateful for the time we had with him.Thank you for your continued prayers.
— Ryan Adamson (@THPDPIO) May 5, 2018
A standoff ensued, and ultimately ended at approximately 9:15 last evening, as members of the Terre Haute Police Department SWAT team entered the apartment building and located the suspect on the second floor hallway. The suspect succumbed to his wounds as well.
Multiple Police/Fire/EMS/EMA/Coroner units assisted.
The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. Autopsies are expected tomorrow.
Questions about the ISP investigation should be directed to Sergeant Joe Watts. Questions about the Terre Haute homicide investigation on South 18th or the veteran officer, should be directed to THPD PIO Ryan Adamson, 812.238.1661.
Source –INDIANA STATE POLICE
Our deepest condolences go out to Patrolman Rob Pitts’ family, friends and fellow officers.
Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.