Po­lice seek­ing a mo­tive in Ga. court­house shoot­ing

The Covington News - - OPINION -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing to de­ter­mine why a man car­ry­ing an as­sault ri­fle, ex­plo­sives and sup­plies opened fire out­side a Ge­or­gia court­house, wound­ing one deputy be­fore dy­ing in a shootout.

Forsyth County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Deputy Doug Rain­wa­ter said in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ ques­tions in­clude any mo­tive Den­nis Marx, 48, had for the at­tack that be­gan around 10 a.m. Fri­day on the court­house square in Cum­ming. Marx had been due in court to plead guilty in a drug case ear­lier Fri­day.

He ar­rived at the court­house wear­ing body ar­mor in a rented SUV with both home­made and com­mer­cially made ex­plo­sives, two hand­guns, zip ties, wa­ter and other gear, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. They said he dropped home­made spike strips and used smoke de­vices in an ef­fort to keep of­fi­cers from reach­ing him.

“We’re try­ing to piece ev­ery­thing to­gether,” Rain­wa­ter told The As­so­ci­ated Press by tele­phone Satur­day. “Him driv­ing to the court­house and do­ing what he did at the same time he was sup­posed to be in court is an in­di­ca­tion that’s re­lated.”

Rain­wa­ter says the deputy shot is sched­uled for surgery on his in­jured leg on Satur­day but is do­ing well. He de­clined to name the deputy, a 25-year vet­eran of the depart­ment.

Rain­wa­ter also would not add more to Forsyth County Sher­iff Duane Piper’s com­ments Fri­day that the depart­ment had re­ceived threats on so­cial me­dia af­ter the at­tack.

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