Terre Haute police officer fatally shot

Terre Haute police officer fatally shot

A police officer was shot to death Friday evening at a western IN apartment complex, and officers surrounded a building where they believed suspect remains barricade.

The officer was shot at the Garden Quarter Apartments in Terre Haute - southwest of Indianapolis - just before 6:30 p.m. "He was a fine officer who was going toward danger to assist his fellow officers in apprehending a homicide suspect today".

THPD says the officer was Patrolman Rob Pitts #196.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said the suspect was wounded in a shootout with officers from the city and other agencies, then barricaded himself inside the building.

He also died from his wounds. His name has not been released.

Neither the officer nor the suspect were immediately identified.

Terre Haute police confirmed the suspect's death during a news conference late Friday night. However, know that through thick and thin we WILL continue to police our streets and make our community as safe as we can.

Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting at Garden Quarter, while Terre Haute Police are handling the original homicide investigation on South 18th Street.

The officer died after he was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital. "Thank you for your continued prayers". When they did locate him, the lieutenant said, he was lying on the floor.

The death of the police officer is the first of officer with the Terre Haute Police Department since July 11, 2011. He was was a six-year veteran of the police force.

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