An 82-year-old veteran, Herbert Parrish, saved his wife’s life in South Carolina after he heroically beat a home invader armed with a knife to death with the butt of a shotgun.
The intruder had forced his way into the couple’s home and then slashed Parrish’s wife with a large knife before the Vietnam veteran stepped in.
As Fox News reports:
A South Carolina armed home invader who attacked a 79-year-old woman near her back door is dead after the victim’s 82-year-old Vietnam War veteran husband beat him down with the butt end of a shotgun earlier this week, according to local authorities.
Harold Runnels forced his way inside the home and pulled out a large knife — prompting 82-year-old Herbert Parrish, a Vietnam War veteran, into action.https://t.co/zS6livk09t
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 19, 2021
Herbert Parrish snatched the firearm off a wall mount after the suspect, identified as 61-year-old Harold Runnels, broke into the home with a knife, knocked his wife to the ground and slashed her forehead Monday afternoon, Columbia, S.C.-based FOX 57 reported.
He lived in a nearby mobile home community, according to WJBF-TV, and approached by knocking on the back door and asking if the couple had seen a missing dog.
righteous protector of "The Wrong House",
Herbert Parrish recalls grabbing a shotgun hanging on his wall and smashing the intruders face in until he was neutralized,
Parrish didn't even fire a shot. 🔥
— Matthew Smith🏌️ (@mattassmith) February 18, 2021
Runnels later died at a hospital due to injuries suffered in the scuffle, according to authorities.