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Authorities deem man's fatal heart attack a homicide

Posted September 9, 2009 12:01 p.m. EDT

— A medical examiner has ruled the death of a man who suffered a fatal heart attack after a home invasion last week to be a homicide, police said Tuesday.

Alton Lee Harper, 57, collapsed in his home and died shortly after chasing a man who had broken into his home early Friday. His daughter told police that a man broke in, pointed a gun at her and her father, demanded money and fled with a lock box that she handed over to him.

An autopsy determined that Alton Harper's heart attack was brought on by the stress of the incident, and a medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Tim Hathaway of the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1463 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.