A night watchman died Wednesday morning after confronting two men trying to break in to a Clay City pawn shop.
Donald Norris, 62, was pronounced dead at Clark County Regional Hospital, according to Kentucky State Police.
About 4:30 a.m., he called police to report an attempted break-in at the M&S Variety Pawn Shop in Clay City, where he has a nearby apartment.
When the police chief arrived, Norris told him the direction the suspects fled, and the chief went out to the parking lot looking for them. About 10 minutes later, he returned and found Norris lying on the floor, struggling to breathe, KSP spokesman Ralph Lockard said.
An ambulance took Norris to the hospital, where he died Lockard said.
Police are investigating the death, but there was no evidence that the thieves assaulted Norris, Lockard said.
The trooper said Norris did have a heart condition. An autopsy has been scheduled.