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82-year-old South Carolina man kills intruder who cut wife

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.
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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. — 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.