Police Officer Dies While On Duty

An autopsy is being conducted on a Columbus police officer who died on the job Thursday.

The coroner says 39-year old Robert Kearse may have had an asthma attack while sitting in his patrol car at a Wynnton Road gas station.

Kearse reportedly tried to radio for help, but could not catch his breath to complete the call.

Police say he was under a doctor's care for the respiratory ailment.