New video of deadly gun battle outside Forsyth County courthouse
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Suspect Dennis Marx, courtesy of The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Deputy James Daniel Rush, courtesy of Forsyth Co. Sheriff's Office
CUMMING, Ga. -
FOX 5 has new exclusive video of a deadly shootout at the Forsyth County courthouse. It is startling close range video of the gun battle between Forsyth County deputies and the shooter who eventually died in the gunfire exchange.
Robert Bexley was part of a construction crew working just across the street from the courthouse when bullets started flying Friday morning. He pulled out his phone and started videotaping.
FOX 5 has also obtained the 911 calls witnesses made, as they watched the shootout between deputies and Dennis Marx at the Forsyth County courthouse.
The 911 calls are emotional, especially from the people inside the courthouse. The callers were able to give deputies some very helpful information as they rushed to the scene.
"I heard one shot, and then we looked, I mean it sounded like a shot and a guy went down. It looked like he was trying to get inside the building and the guy came out and opened up fire again and it was a lot of rounds," said one caller.
The investigation in what prompted suspect Dennis Marx to roll up onto the courthouse lawn and open fire on deputies continue. Marx was killed at the scene, but not before injuring Deputy James Daniel Rush.
The 46-year-old law enforcement officer was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery Friday afternoon. The 25-year veteran of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is expected to make a full recovery.
The Forsyth County Courthouse reopened on Monday after a shooting incident that injured a deputy and claimed the life of the gunman.
Hundreds of court records reveal troubling information about Marx. In a recent document, it shows two days before his alleged rampage, Marx came to the courthouse to legally hand all of his property over to a woman he lived with. Court documents also show that Marx worked at Northside Hospital-Forsyth as a security guard between 2008 and 2009. According to a lawsuit, he was fired after his psychiatrist had him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.
In a news conference, officials say the suspect Dennis Marx drove up to the courthouse wearing body armor and a gas mask and had numerous weapons, and 'homemade explosive devices'. Sheriff's officials say it appears Marx has been planning this for some time, and came to the courthouse with the intention of killing other people. Officials believe Marx was trying to enter the courthouse when he was shot by nearby deputies. A total of eight officers fired shots.
The entire scene was caught on security camera video from the courthouse. The public is no longer believed to be in danger.
The courthouse reopened on Monday, but court and jury selection has been suspended.
Forsyth deputies tell FOX 5 in a strange twist of fate, they had just been trained on how to handle that kind of situation. Deputy Rush had actually passed with flying colors and several other deputies involved in the shootout had just completed the training too.
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