A home invasion robbery that could have ended deadly for an elderly South Carolina couple ended when the husband, an 82-year-old Vietnam veteran, beat his wife’s assailant to death.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon in the small community of Jackson, which is just a short drive across the state line from Augusta, Georgia.
Police said 61-year-old Harold L. Runnels Jr. knocked on the back door of Herbert and Lois Parrish’s house around noon and claimed he was looking for a lost dog, WJBF-TV reported.
According to police, there was no dog — Runnels was there to harm the couple.
WJBF reported that when Lois Parrish opened the door, Runnels forced his way in with a large knife and began a vicious assault, according to police. He allegedly knocked the 79-year-old to the ground after striking her in the head with the handle of the knife.
Herbert, who is apparently a spry 82, wasn’t about to let his sweetheart be violated, not without putting up a fight. He met the attacker’s violence with greater force.
Both Lois and Herbert explained how the situation unfolded to Columbia, South Carolina, Fox affiliate WACH-TV.
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