A widower and his 11 children have sued police because the man's wife collapsed and died of a heart attack when officers chased a burglary suspect into the family's house.

State Rep. Willie Singleton filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Jeffrey Taylor and his children.Taylor's wife, 58-year-old Dorothy May Taylor, died March 29, five days after she collapsed from a heart attack during questioning about Dexter Samuels, who had run into her house during a chase.

The officers, armed with guns and sticks, went in after him without Mrs. Taylor's permission, the suit alleges.

The lawsuit charges that the four officers had been asked to enter quietly because Mrs. Taylor had heart problems but that they had ignored the warning and pushed Mrs. Taylor aside as they dashed in.