Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of an in officer has died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police at an apartment complex.
"It's one other tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Division", Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police stated in saying the officer's dying. But the suspect immediately opened fire from the second floor and hit the officer.
Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the department, according to THPD Public Information Officer Ryan Adamson.
Neither the officer nor the suspect were immediately identified.
The wounded officer was taken to the hospital where he later died.
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Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators continue to investigate the death of Pitts and the suspect. At 9:23 p.m., Watts said the suspect had been detained and was injured. Previously, Indiana State Police spokesman Joe Watts had said the man was "injured/detained" at the apartment building where he was barricaded and that medics were responding.
Terre Haute police and police from other agencies surrounded the building in the Garden Quarter apartment complex on the city's south side shortly after the shooting, Adamson said. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our officer, and ask that you keep our entire community in your prayers.
The chief said information on the initial homicide, as well as the suspect and officer identities, would be released as timely a manner as possible and after all family had been notified.
Local churches have also arranged a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. today at the Vigo County Courthouse.
Sheriff's Lt. Brian DeHart said they used standard and infrared cameras to locate the suspect in the apartment through a window.