Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – A bullet-proof vested and heavily armed man who tried to enter a Georgia courthouse was killed by police officers on Friday morning.
Dennis Ronald Marx, a 48-year-old gun trader, drove up onto the sidewalk in front of the Forsyth County Courthouse in an SUV around 10 a.m., threw spike strips and explosives out the car window and fired an assault rifle at a sheriff’s deputy who confronted him, through the windshield. The deputy was hit and injured in the leg but other police officers and SWAT members shot Marx dead.
After the three-minute gunfight, police found in the suspect’s SUV several hand grenades, smoke grenades, tear gas grenades, homemade explosive devices, tear gas, water, zip ties and several magazines of ammunition, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said in a press conference after the incident.
Piper said Marx was also wearing a body armor and gas mask.
The materials carried by the killed suspect indicate he was planning to take people hostage, Piper said.
The wounded deputy, James Daniel Rush, 46, of Cumming, was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery for fractures to his fibula and tibia in the lower leg. His injury is non-life threatening.
Marx was scheduled to attend a hearing at the courthouse on Friday to enter a plea on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearm. One of his two lawyers was waiting for him inside the courthouse before the shooting happened.