Holcomb asks flags lowered in 2 counties for slain officer

Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff at government buildings in two western Indiana counties on the day of the funeral for a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Posted: May 7, 2018 4:49 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff at government buildings in two western Indiana counties on the day of the funeral for a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Holcomb also asked Monday that residents and businesses in Vigo and Sullivan counties fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday to honor Patrolman Robert Shawn "Rob" Pitts.

Pitts, a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department, died following Friday's shootout with a homicide suspect. Officials say the 45-year-old was among four officers who were fired upon Friday night by 21-year-old Christopher A. Wolfe of New Goshen. Wolfe died after barricading himself inside an apartment.

Pitts' funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Indiana State University's Hulman Center.

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