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Police: Suspect in home invasion dies after fleeing scene

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities in West Virginia say a suspect in a home invasion has died of an apparent health issue while being tracked by police.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports two men robbed a home and fled on foot Thursday. The homeowners were taken to the hospital for injuries.

Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow says the suspects were armed and wearing body armor. He says one suspect had a gun while the other had a crowbar. Authorities followed the men into a wooded area, where the suspect with a gun was found unresponsive. Dillow says the man passed away from a possible heat stroke or heart attack.

Twenty-nine-year-old Charles Proffitt surrendered to police and was charged with several offenses including burglary and malicious wounding. It's unclear if Proffitt has a lawyer.

Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, http://www.bdtonline.com

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