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Home invasion suspect dies after 82-year-old man fights back

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 10:18:57-05

JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man accused of attacking an elderly couple in their home is dead after the 82-year-old husband fought back.

The couple told the Aiken County Sheriff's Office the man forced his way into their home in Jackson on Monday afternoon and attacked them with a knife.

Authorities say the assailant cut a 79-year-old woman on her forehead before her husband stopped the attack by repeatedly striking the intruder with the butt of a firearm.

A coroner says the suspect died Monday night at a hospital and an autopsy will be conducted. Authorities identified him as 61-year-old Harold L. Runnels Jr.