Deputy Shot At Georgia County Courthouse, Suspect Dead

A Forsyth County, Georgia deputy was shot in the leg Friday morning at the county courthouse and the suspect is dead, Atlanta TV station WSB reported.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper told WSB that the suspect, Dennis Marx, drove up to the Forsyth County Administration Building armed with “an assault rifle, bullet proof vest, smoke grenades and a gas mask.” A deputy saw Marx, came out to confront him and was shot in the leg through the car’s windshield, he said.

Piper said Marx is dead and the injured deputy is expected to recover.

Ann Shafer, Marx’s attorney, also confirmed her client’s identity to WXIA. She said Marx was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning to enter a plea but did not show up. Marx was arrested over a year ago on charges of marijuana possession and firearm possession by a convicted felon.

The shooting scene was secured after a bomb squad searched the area for potential explosives.

“There should be no further danger to the public,” Piper said in a release, as quoted by WXIA.

Image via WAGA

This post has been updated.

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