Man Dies after Fight on North Monroe County Road

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Updated: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 08:36:12 EST

A Kentucky man is dead after allegedly entering a Monroe County man’s car and fighting with his family Tuesday night.

It happened around 9:20 p.m. on rural Smith Road in North Monroe County.

John Bevan said he was driving his wife and four children home from Wal Mart. While coming down a hill they found 37-year-old Christopher Bunn standing in the middle of the road.

"He was tattered and beat up like he just got out of the woods,” Bevan said. “I thought he was just going across or something I didn't know what he was doing."

Bevan said this was his first time ever seeing Bunn and stopped the car. That's when the nightmare begins. Bevan said Bunn opened the right rear passenger door and got inside his Ford Explorer where four young children were sitting across the back seat. Then, he said  Bunn crawled to the front, reached for the accelerator and yelled "go, go, go – move, move."

"As soon as he got in the truck, I just put my truck up in park,” Bevan said. “He didn't smell like alcohol but it seemed like he was on drugs."

Bevan said Bunn attempted to choke his wife Terri Barbour, 32,  and kicked one of the children under the chin.

"Next thing I know my wife's yelling, he's got my kids and I got out and I grabbed him."


Bevan was able to pull Bunn from the truck and wrestled him to the ground. This happened in front of a family member’s driveway who heard the commotion and dialed 9-1-1

“The kids kept screaming and hollering and to find out that I knew the people, it infuriated me a little bit,” Gerald who is related to the family said.


Bevan held Bunn until deputies arrived.

"He was on the ground superman style,” he said. “I was lying on top of him till the cops got there.”

While handcuffing Bunn, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Bunn appeared unresponsive. He was taken to the Monroe County Hospital and pronounced dead. The GBI in Atlanta will conduct an autopsy. The cause of death is unknown and the office says no weapons were used in this incident.


Terri Barbour calls her husband a hero and said he saved his family's lives. The family is now trying to cope with this unnerving experience.

"Traumatic, surprisingly enough I don't even know how I'm standing, still got the nerve to go on,” Bevan said. "Just knowing that I helped my family out and helped get the guy so it doesn't happen (again). I don't wish this on anybody for any reason."

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Bunn was arrested last year by the Forsyth Police Department on a warrant from Kentucky. Kentucky didn't wish to extradite him and Bunn was released. 

The Monroe County Coroner said Bunn has family in Monroe County.

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