Terre Haute to pay respects to Officer Pitts

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The officer was shot at the Garden Quarter Apartments in Terre Haute - southwest of Indianapolis - just before 6:30 p.m.

As they approached the apartment on Linwood Street, the officers were fired upon nearly immediately and they returned fire, city Police Chief John Plasse said.

He says no additional information was immediately available on the male officer who was killed.

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The standoff came to an end when Terre Haute police special response team officers made entry into the apartment through a second-floor window by way of a ladder.

Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says his and other departments, will help in covering the area as Terre Haute officers mourn their loss.

The Terre Haute Police Department say Officer Pitts will be greatly missed and they are grateful for the time they had with him. The wounded suspect was treated by medics who responded to the scene, but the suspect later died, Plasse said.

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The man shot was a suspect in the homicide of an acquaintance, police said, but they gave no added details about the homicide that was being investigating.

State Police Sgt. Joe Watts Tweeted the officer had succumbed to his injuries.

The death of the police officer is the first of officer with the Terre Haute Police Department since July 11, 2011. 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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The Terre Haute Police Department has released the name of the fallen officer killed in the line of duty Friday Night. That is when Officer Brent D. Long was killed while serving an arrest warrant with a U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.