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Elderly veteran kills home intruder who attacked his wife

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An elderly veteran bludgeoned an armed home intruder to death in South Carolina after the assailant attacked his wife with a knife, authorities said.

Herbert Parrish, 82, 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, news station WACH reported.

“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 that 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.

Parrish, who is a Vietnam veteran, said that he feared for the couple’s lives, so he decided to “do something quick and get the edge on him.”

“I felt, we’re gone. He’s going to kill us and take what he can take,” Parrish said.

Parrish said that 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.

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 make a recovery, the report said.

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7-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina

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A 7-year-old-boy was mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina as he walked through his neighborhood with his brother, cops said.

Young Shamar Jackson and his brother were swarmed by dogs on Sunday as they looked for their pet Chihuahua in Marion, reports said.

Dogs reportedly ripped away Shamar’s clothes as his brother escaped.

“They couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, Shamar’s father, said, according to The State newspaper.

The dogs may have been from a neighbor’s yard and come through a hole in the fence, WBTW reported.

The child’s father told the TV station that his wife was told not to touch her Shamar until the police could get him.

“How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Charnell Jackson said.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation, but it didn’t provide any information on if anyone had been arrested or charged.

The sheriff’s office Facebook page said an account was established for people looking to donate to help the family pay Shamar’s funeral costs.

“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road. Shamar was a straight A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary,” the post said.

“You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”

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Soldiers tried to smuggle 2 people from Mexico into TX: US attorney

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A Fort Hood soldier and Pennsylvania National Guardsman were busted for trying to sneak two Mexican citizens over the Texas border in the trunk of a car, officials said.

Soldier Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, and Guardsman Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, were in Army uniforms trying to avoid questions when their scheme came to a halt at a border checkpoint, according to a press release from the US prosecutor on Tuesday.

Oppongagyare took a $100 upfront payment and the pair was expecting be paid more for picking up a man and woman in McAllen and driving them to San Antonio, The Associated Press said, citing the criminal complaint.

The guardsman was in the driver’s seat of the car when they were stopped at the Hebbronville Border Patrol Checkpoint on June 13, said a press release from Jennifer B. Lowery, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

Oppongagyare allegedly said they were traveling from Zapata to San Antonio. The two Mexican citizens were found in the trunk after a secondary inspection, the charges said.

Both men made appearances on Tuesday in front of a magistrate judge and are now being held on $75,000 bonds pending detention hearings, according to the AP. And the migrants are in custody as material witnesses, the AP said.

Oppongagyare and Saint-Joie face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine up to $250,000.

With Post wires.

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Texas man accused of fatally beating mom’s ex, dragging him behind truck

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A Texas man was charged with murder for allegedly beating his mom’s ex-boyfriend to a pulp and dragging him behind a pickup truck where he was found dead, authorities said.

Robert Hoffpauir, 37, is accused of killing Roman Rodriguez, 60, at about 10 p.m. Sunday after the victim visited his ex-girlfriend’s home in Rye, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

Hoffpauir, who lives with his mother, was home at the time and allegedly snapped at Rodriguez and “beat him into submission,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Investigators said the suspect then tied a tow strap around Rodriguez, attached the other end around the victim’s pickup truck and drove a “lengthy distance” before setting the vehicle on fire, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities said an autopsy will determine if Rodriguez was killed before or after he was dragged.

Hoffpauir is being held on a $1 million bond.

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