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.
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.
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.
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