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'Sovereign Citizen' Opens Fire, Tries To Blow Up Georgia Courthouse

Gunfire rang out at the Forysth County Courthouse Friday after a man opened fire on a deputy, injuring him in the leg. The gunman was shot and killed a short time later.

Another right-wing nut job, a classic result of all the anti-government poison special interests love to pour into the heads of the weak and logically challenged:

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said the shooter, Dennis Marx, walked into Forsyth County Administration Building on East Main Street at about 10:30 a.m. and opened fire. He was armed with an assault rifle, according to authorities. Piper said Marx threw stop sticks on the road so that cars could not approach.

Marx was approached by deputy Daniel Rush who he then shot in the leg, Piper confirmed. Piper said Rush was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell with non-life threatening injuries.

The SWAT team, which was on its way to a separate incident, arrived at the courthouse within 37 seconds. Marx was shot dead in front of the court house a short time later.

Piper described Marx’s home as a “bomb” and told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas that he was confident it was setup as an explosive trap.

The sheriff said evidence showed that Marx had not been living at his home for more than a week and instead had been staying at a hotel. Piper said it will take hours to clear the courthouse and the home.

The gunman's attorney told Channel 2 she was representing him until Thursday, when she withdrew because he was unsatisfied with her negotiating skills. He was due in court on Friday for marijuana and firearms charges. The attorney said the man was a gun buyer and trader.

The attorney said she asked the man to undergo a psychological evaluation, but he refused.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

The station reports that Marx has identified himself as a sovereign citizen, part of an anti-government group that has been tied to violent attacks on law enforcement around the country. He was due in court today to plead out on drug and weapons charges.

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