Crazy video: Madman cut down on courthouse steps in hail of bullets

A man due in court for a hearing arrived instead in full body armor, rammed his explosive-laden SUV onto the courthouse steps and engaged in a gun battle with police, who ripped him with scores of bullets.

Dennis Marx, a well-known extremist, drove to the entrance of the Forsyth County Courthouse in Cumming, Georgia, on Friday, tossed “stop sticks” and a smoke grenade out his window to stall pursuers, and attempted to get inside by firing an AR15 assault rifle, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Photo Credit: NBC News 11
Photo Credit: NBC News 11

However, he was stopped by Deputy Daniel Rush, who drew his pistol and began shooting. Rush was wounded in the leg in the exchange while a nearby SWAT team converged on the scene immediately and emptied dozens of rounds into the assailant.

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Forsyth Sheriff Duane Piper said investigators found a bomb on Marx’s body and that his intention was to take hostages.

“If that deputy had not done what he did,” said Piper, “he [Marx] would have got in the courthouse…He [Deputy Rush] saved several lives today.”

Piper later added that many of the explosives Marx carried were homemade, which was characteristic of the anti-government group “sovereign citizens” to which he belonged.

Sheriff Piper with media Photo Credit: Ben Gray/
Sheriff Piper with media
Photo Credit: Ben Gray/


Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]


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