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‘Picked the Wrong House’: Elderly Veteran Kills Home Intruder

(Law Enforcement Today) An armed intruder picked the wrong house to invade and paid a heavy price when he was severely beaten by an elderly Vietnam veteran protecting his wife who was slashed by the suspect’s knife.

The suspect, Harold Runnels, 61, forced his way into the home of 82-year-old Herbert Parrish and 79-year-old Lois Parrish.

Runnels knocked on the back door of the Parrish home around 2 p.m. on Feb. 15. When Lois opened it, Runnels asked if she had seen his dog. She told FOX 57:

“I opened the door and he said he was looking for his little white chihuahua and wanted to know if I saw it. I told him, no, I didn’t.”

Lois then tried to close the door, but Runnels suddenly forced his way into the house and allegedly pulled a large knife and began attacking Lois with the back handle of it.

Lois fell to the ground and injured her left index finger. Runnels used his knife to slice her face, according to FOX 57.

Harold told the news station he feared for their lives:

“I felt, we’re gone. He’s going to kill us and take what he can take.”

Herbert then sprang into action. He grabbed a shotgun that was mounted on a wall and beat Runnels with it until he fell to the ground and became unresponsive, according to WJBF-TV

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said there will be no charges filed against the victims.

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