A Terre Haute police officer was shot and killed while investigating a homicide just after 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the man who shot him died from his own wounds suffered in the brief gunfight with police.
Adamson said the suspect in that homicide opened fire when he was approached by four investigators, wounding the officer who was later pronounced dead at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
THPD says the officer was Patrolman Rob Pitts #196. At that time, the name of the suspect is expected to be released.
As they approached the apartment on Linwood Street just after 6:30 p.m., the officers were fired upon from a second-story window nearly immediately and they returned fire, police said. He offered the full resources of state police to the Terre Haute Police Department including a special tactics and weapons team, robots and helicopters. That suspect also died from his injuries.
The suspect was injured and medics on the scene were called to treat the man, Watts said. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our officer, and ask that you keep our entire community in your prayers.
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It was the first Terre Haute police officer slain in the line of duty since July 11, 2011, when Officer Brent D. Long was killed serving an arrest warrant at a home, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star reported.
Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the force.