Terre Haute police officer gunned down

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The death was the first in the line of duty by an officer with the Terre Haute Police Department since July 11, 2011.

The officer and three others, whose names were not released Friday, were working on a homicide investigation that began earlier in the day on South 18th Street in Terre Haute.

For those that would like to pay their respects, Officer Pitts will be moved from Regional Hospital to DeBaun Funeral home at 1 p.m. The route will be southbound on Seventh Street to westbound Springhill road. We grieve, but stand ready to battle evil and understand that life is precious and shouldn't be taken for granted.

He was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with a possible homicide suspect at the Garden Quarter Apartments. Authorities did not reveal when the homicide under investigation occurred.

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.

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A police officer slain Friday in Terre Haute, Ind., was investigating a murder, authorities stated. According to Sgt. Joe Watts with Indiana State Police, one female did leave the apartment. "Thank you for your continued prayers".

Local churches have also arranged a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. today at the Vigo County Courthouse.

"The citizens of Terre Haute don't need to worry", says Sheriff Ewing.

A western IN police officer has been fatally shot IN the city of Terre Haute by a suspect who remains at large.