By PoliceOne Staff

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The 5-year-old son of a slain Indiana officer shared a special message to his father, who was fatally shot last week.

WTHI reports that Officer Rob Pitts’ son, Dakota, has been visiting his father’s patrol vehicle outside the Terre Haute Police Headquarters ever since it was converted into a memorial. Dakota had a special message his mother, Josie Huff, said his father will see from heaven.

“Dear Dad, I love you and I miss you so much,” Dakota said.

On May 4, Officer Pitts and four other officers were fired on when they approached a murder suspect at an apartment complex. Pitts was wounded in the shooting and was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Huff said her son likes to visit his father’s memorial because he and his father “really liked the car.” She said while Dakota’s heart hurts, he’s been watching the news and enjoys seeing people honoring his father, according to FOX 8.

Officer Pitts’ funeral was held Wednesday, according to the Tribune Star.

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