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Courthouse Shooting: Forsyth Deputy Hailed as a 'Hero'

"From watching the video several times now, [Daniel Rush] averted what would have been a whole lot more deaths." - Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper

Deputy James Daniel Rush. Courtesy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Deputy James Daniel Rush. Courtesy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper called his deputy, credited for first confronting a Cumming man who was attacking the Forsyth County Courthouse on Friday morning, “a hero.”

"From watching the video several times now, [Daniel Rush] averted what would have been a whole lot more deaths," Piper said.

Rush was working the doorway of the courthouse when Dennis Marx drove his SUV up to the courthouse. Heavily armed, Marx tossed out homemade smoke grenades, pepper spray grenades and spike sticks as he approached the courthouse.

Rush was the first to confront Marx, who shot the deputy in the leg. Other officers responded and after a nearly three-minute gun battle, the suspect was killed.

Rush was taken to North Fulton Hospital and is expected to recover.

See here from 11Alive on more behind the Cumming man who decided to attack the courthouse on Friday.

Tortoise June 07, 2014 at 04:41 PM
A Go Fund Me account to thank Daniel Rush has been set up. http://www.gofundme.com/a0zue4
Frank W. Chupka June 07, 2014 at 11:00 PM
liberals are upset that one of their own was gunned down before he could commit mayhem. good guy with gun shoots bad liberal with gun. libs are only happy when something like the commieneticut school shooting occurs.
novastien June 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM
isn't a cops job to defend? I think HERO is used a bit to much. He did his JOB!!!!!!!!!!! End of story.
Octo Slash June 08, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Shove that cynicism up your nose, novastien. A cop's job is not to absorb bullets. This cop stood there and got shot, and prevented the deaths of many more people; possibly many more. There can be no doubt about that. Just because his job is to protect and serve doesn't mean his actions can't be described as heroic.
Bd Cat June 08, 2014 at 11:24 AM
The above post by Mr. Chupka has got to be one of the most asinine post I have ever read

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