Sheriff's Deputy Credited With Stopping Gunman At Georgia Courthouse

(Forsyth County, GA) -- A sheriff's deputy is being credited with preventing a tragedy today at a Georgia Courthouse. Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper says 48-year old Dennis Marx drove up to the courthouse and tossed spike strips and explosives out his car window. Piper says Marx then opened fire with an assault rifle before being shot and killed by the deputy, who was wounded in the exchange. The deputy was shot in the leg and his injuries are not life threatening. According to the sheriff, the gunman was carrying grenades, homemade explosive devices and plenty of ammunition.