Incident Summary:

06/06/2014: An assailant, identified as Dennis Marx, opened fire on the Forsyth County Courthouse in Cumming, Georgia, United States. In addition to handguns and an AR-15 rifle, Marx was armed with tire spikes, smoke bombs, homemade explosives, and grenades. Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Rush was injured in the attack and Marx was shot and killed by law enforcement officers before he was able to enter the courthouse. Marx self-identified as belonging to the Sovereign Citizen movement.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Forsyth County
Specific Description Courthouse
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
An Ar-15 automatic rifle, pistols, homemade explosives, smoke bombs and tire spikes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sovereign Citizen No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Investigators reveal details of Forsyth Co. Courthouse shooting," FOX Atlanta, October 21, 2014.
"Forsyth County Courthouse shooting: Dennis Marx plotted 'sovereign citizen' attack," The Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2014.
"Deputy wounded in courthouse shooting releases statement," FOX Atlanta, June 25, 2014.