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Sheriff: Shooter Planned Assault On Courthouse

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Forsyth County sheriff says Dennis Marx was heavily armed and planned to take hostages. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Forsyth County sheriff says Dennis Marx was heavily armed and planned to take hostages. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

CUMMING, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Authorities say the man who shot and wounded a deputy outside the Cumming courthouse was heavily armed and planned to take hostages.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper says suspect Dennis Marx was shot and killed Friday. He says Marx drove a vehicle up to the courthouse steps, threw out homemade “spike strips” designed to flatten car tires and fired at a deputy who came out of the courthouse, shooting the officer in the leg. Police say the deputy is OK.

Piper says Marx had homemade and commercially made explosives inside his vehicle and on his body. He says authorities don’t know a motive.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and federal authorities were helping to ensure there were no explosives inside the courthouse. Piper says authorities have found Marx’s home and believe it could be booby-trapped.

Court records show Marx filed a civil rights complaint against the sheriff’s department in 2013.

His complaint accused the sheriff’s department of using excessive force and illegal searches. Marx says in the complaint that officers hit him when he was standing with his hands up, used chemical agents to make him believe an explosion or fire had occurred and used an extra set of handcuffs that cut off circulation to his hands.

An attorney representing the sheriff’s department in the case was not immediately available.

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