Attempted armed robbery in Marathon County ends in attacker's death, police say

ELDERON − A 79-year-old man police say was the target of a robbery early Tuesday morning shot and killed his attacker.

At 2:37 a.m. Tuesday, a resident of Elderon, which is about 30 miles southeast of Wausau, reported he was assaulted and stabbed as he got out of his vehicle in his garage, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Office. Officials believe the suspected attacker followed the man home from a local establishment.

The 79-year-old man had a gun and fired one shot that hit the suspect, before the suspect wrestled the gun away from him. The suspect, who had been hit in the chest, died while leaving the home.

The 79-year-old man received injuries that were not considered life-threatening and is recovering at a local hospital, according to the sheriff's department,

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