22-year-old dies after getting punched in the face

The suspect could face second-degree murder charges.

A 22-year-old man died after being punched in the face over the weekend, the St. Cloud Police Department says

Anthony Quinn Shriver of Waconia was walking home with friends near the intersection of 9th Avenue and 7th Street South in St. Cloud around 2:40 a.m. Saturday when they came across a group of men. 

Shriver was punched in the face after a "short verbal dispute." He refused medical attention and went home with his friends, police said. 

He died about 10 hours later.

First responders called to his home attempted life-saving efforts, but they weren't successful. 

The autopsy shows Shriver died of "trauma consistent with the assault" that happened Saturday morning, police said. 

The suspect who threw the punch – a 21-year-old from St. Cloud – had already been identified and cited for fifth-degree assault shortly after the incident. On Sunday, he turned himself into the St. Cloud Police Department after officers tried to find him. 

He's being held on second-degree murder charges, however he hasn't been formally charged. 

Anyone who saw or has information about the incident is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or submit any information via Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.

One-punch deaths aren't that rare

It sounds pretty crazy, but it's not uncommon for people to die after being punched in the head just one time. 

Dr. Karen Gunson, a state medical examiner in Oregon, told Oregon Live in 2015 that people shouldn't be surprised that a single punch can kill someone, noting "it's uncommon, but not rare." 

There aren't many statistics on how often one-punch deaths happen in Minnesota – or the U.S. for that matter – but there is a group that tracks these incidents in Australia, which says there have been more than 80 one-punch assault deaths in the country since 2007, the BBC reported in February

In most incidents, the person dies because of the actual punch or because it knocks them out and they hit their head on the ground.

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