Patrolman
Robert Shawn 'Rob' Pitts
Terre Haute Police Department
Friday, May 4, 2018

Age: 45
Served: 22 years
Badge #: 196
Not Included
Included (2018)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, May 4, 2018
06:35 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
8016 Linwood Street
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Honey Creek
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Center Ridge Cemetery, Sullivan

   Patrolman Robert Pitts was shot and killed at The Garden Quarter apartment complex while investigating an earlier homicide at another location.

   Four officers proceeded to the building in the complex where the suspect was located and as they began to enter, the man opened fire from a second-story window and shots were exchanged. Patrolman Pitts was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he died from a single gunshot wound to his head two hours later.

   The wounded 21-year-old suspect had barricaded himself inside an apartment for nearly three hours before entry was made and found deceased in a hallway. He had been released 11 days earlier on a charge of carrying a handgun without a license and given a one-year suspended sentence with unsupervised probation.

   Patrolman Pitts had previously served with the Sullivan Police Department for six years. He is survived by his daughter, Brooke; sons, Austin and Dakota; mother, Bobbi (Ron) Noel; father, Greg (Sue) Pitts; sister, Kelli (Corey) Jones; brother, Greg (Brandi Wheeler) Pitts II; grandmother, Carolyn McKinley; great-great grandmother, Maurine Gambill; and girlfriend, Casey Steele.

This memorial honors an officer whose eligibility has been preliminarily determined to meet the criteria of a line of duty death.

Historical Notes

• Patrolman Pitss is the third of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2018.
• He is the 13th line of duty death of the Terre Haute Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the 21st that has originated from Vigo County.


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