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Pedestrian ends up dead after forcing his way into vehicle, confronting motorist

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Monroe County deputies are investigating a bizarre incident in which a pedestrian ended up dead during a confrontation with a motorist traveling with his family Tuesday night.

And officials on Wednesday said the cause of the man’s death has not yet been determined.

Around 9:20 p.m., deputies responded to the 1600 block of Smith Road after getting a call about a motorist being assaulted by a pedestrian, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, Mr. John Adam Bevan, 32, of Forsyth, told deputies he and his family were traveling north on Smith Road when he noticed a man standing in the road, the sheriff’s spokeswoman Mrs. Allison Selman-Willis said.

The man was identified later as Mr. Christopher Bryan Bunn, 37, Mrs. Selman-Willis said.

Mr. Bevan stopped his vehicle, a Ford Explorer, and Mr. Bunn allegedly attempted to enter the vehicle through a rear door on the passenger’s side, the spokeswoman said.

Mr. Bunn managed to enter the rear of the vehicle where four children were seated. He then ordered Mr. Bevan to “Go, go, go – move, move,” and attempted to reach the accelerator, Mrs. Selman-Willis said.

“Bevan exited the driver’s seat and attempted to remove Bunn from the vehicle, who began choking the front seat passenger, Terri Lynn Barbour, 32, of Forsyth,” Mrs. Selman-Willis said. “During the physical struggle, one of the children in the back seat was kicked under the chin by Bunn.”

Mr. Bevan managed to remove Mr. Bunn from the Explorer. But at the same time Mr. Bunn managed to pull out the same child who had been kicked from the vehicle.

“Bevan then wrestled Bunn to the ground and held him there until deputies arrived,” Mrs. Selman-Willis said. “When deputies arrived they handcuffed Bunn and found him to be unresponsive.”

EMS transported Mr. Bunn to the Monroe County Hospital where he was pronounced dead, she said.

His body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy. Officials said no weapons were used by either party in the incident.

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