Whoa. This 82-year-old vet beat a home invader to death with a shotgun after the dude broke into his house and attacked his wife with a knife.

Feb 18th

You picked the wrong one, dude.

"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," said Lois Parrish.

That's when the situation became violent. Lois said as she was closing the door, the man, who has now been identified as 61-year-old Harold Runnels, pushed his way inside. According to a police report, Runnels pulled out a large knife and began attacking Mrs. Parrish.

"I felt, we're gone. He's going to kill us and take what he can take," said Herbert Parrish.

That's when the Vietnam Veteran decided to fight back.

"He was not going to go out that door and leave us alive. That's the way I felt. That's why I said, I've got to do something quick and get the edge on him. Get the advantage on him," said Parrish.

Herbert Parrish was able to act quickly, grabbing hold of a shotgun that was hanging on the wall by the door. Parrish said he then hit the intruder with the handle of the firearm until Runnels was unconscious.

"I started hitting him in the head with the barrel and I know I must have hit him at least ten times right in the face, just as hard as I could hit him," said Parrish.

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables confirmed Runnels died at the Augusta University Medical Center later Monday night from the injuries he sustained during the attack.

The man is 82 years old and straight up beat an armed home invader to death with a shotgun that was hanging on the wall.

Absolutely savage.

Most men don't even make it to 82, let alone with enough strength and moxy to clobber a criminal to death in hand-to-hand combat.

"Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while that you shouldn't have messed with?"


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