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Man dies in Georgia courthouse shootout, deputy injured

Friday, June 06, 2014 - 01:15

June 6 - A man armed with an assault rifle and explosives drove up to a Georgia courthouse and shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy in the leg. Authorities say he was killed in a shootout. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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It could have been a major catastrophe. Police say a suspect named Dennis Marx drove up to a courthouse in Cumming, Georgia armed with an assault rifle and explosives. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF DUANE PIPER, SAYING: "He had several hand grenades, explosive hand grenades on his body. He had smoke grenades. He had CS tear gas grenades. And he had several more grenades and explosive devices in his vehicle. He also had flex cuffs ready to apply to people. He had water supply and all kinds of ammunition on him." Marx shot a sheriff's deputy in the leg, who was later taken into surgery for his wounds. A shootout went on for around 3 minutes, and the suspect was killed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF DUANE PIPER, SAYING: "He had body armor on. He was throwing tear gas grenades, he was throwing smoke grenades, and pepper spray grenades. He also had a gas mask on. He came prepared to do this." Police were working slowly in searching Marx's home, knowing it had been booby-trapped in the past. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF DUANE PIPER, SAYING: "We anticipate booby-trapping, especially based on what we found in the vehicle." According to federal court records, Marx was indicted in April 2012 on several drug-related charges.

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Man dies in Georgia courthouse shootout, deputy injured

Friday, June 06, 2014 - 01:15