Harold Runnels Jr.
Harold Runnels Jr. was the armed home intruder who was beaten to death by an elderly veteran in South Carolina he attacked his wife with a knife, authorities said. Herbert Parrish was inside with his 79-year-old wife, Lois, when they heard a knock Monday at the back door of their home in Aiken County.
Harold died from his wounds Monday evening after he was attacked for trying to break into an elderly couple’s home.
How old was Harold Runnels?
Harold Runnels was 61 years old at the time of death.
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“I opened the door and he said he was looking for his little white Chihuahua and wanted to know if I saw it,” Lois told the outlet.
But when Lois told him she had not and tried to close the door, the man, later identified as 61-year-old Harold Runnels, forced his way inside the house. Runnels then pulled out a large knife and began attacking her, the outlet reported.
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“I felt, we’re gone. He’s going to kill us and take what he can take,” Parrish said.
Parrish said he grabbed a shotgun that was hanging on his wall by the door, then attacked the man until he was unconscious.
“I started hitting him in the head with the barrel and I know I must have hit him at least 10 times right in the face, just as hard as I could hit him,” Parrish said.
When deputies arrived at the home, they found Runnels on the floor, bloody and unresponsive, according to The Associated Press.
Rummels was brought to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries, the outlet reported. Both Parrish and his wife were also injured, but are expected to recover, the report said. They told authorities they had seen him around the neighborhood before