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updated: 9/27/2013 8:36 AM

School security guard dies attempting to end fight

School security guard dies attempting to end fight

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Associated Press

SOUTH HOLLAND-- Authorities say a security guard at a suburban Chicago high school died after attempting to break up a fight between two female students.

South Holland police say 54-year-old Richard Cowser and another guard were trying to separate the girls Thursday when Cowser fell against a locker and began to have difficulty breathing. He was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead.

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Authorities said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of Cowser's death.

Police said they interviewed the students in the fight and witnesses. Chief Greg Baker said a decision on whether to file charges may depend on what caused Cowser's death.

Officials of District 205 refused to comment on the incident other than saying they are cooperating with police.

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