A Des Moines father died after a single punch to the face during a bizarre encounter with a stranger Monday afternoon.
Ryan Thompson, 32, was talking with his fiancee outside their home in the 7300 block of Southwest 17th Street around 3 p.m. when a man driving a dark-colored Sedan stopped and approached them, according to police records.
"You owe me money," he said, and punched Thompson once on the side of the face, the report states. He then walked back to his car and drove away.
Thompson was dazed, but he made his way inside the home to wait for medics. Officers reported that he was speaking unintelligibly and slurring his words. The fiancee told police that Thompson was not intoxicated.
He died a day later at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Stranger kills Iowa father with single punch
If you are not law enforcement, the reality is that there are going to be times you cannot be armed with a firearm. What's your backup plan? Even if you are armed, a sudden attack from close range will result in you being struck before you can get the weapon out of the concealment holster. What's your backup plan?