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Deputy wounded in courthouse shooting releases statement

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A deputy recovering after a shooting at the Forsyth County courthouse reached out to FOX 5 to thank the community for support during his recovery.

Deputy Daniel Rush continues to recover from his injuries, but he was recently moved from the hospital to a rehab facility. Rush underwent two surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Rush released following statement on Wednesday:

“I am forever grateful to my family at the Sheriff's Office who helped pull me to safety, render first aid and neutralize the situation at the courthouse, all under the stress of active gunfire. Their actions certainly prevented further harm and damage to me and others. The cards, visitors and well wishes from friends and strangers have helped me overcome many obstacles I faced over the past several weeks and will keep me motivated while I focus on my recovery. The care I received from my co-workers, EMS and the medical staff at North Fulton Hospital has been exceptional. It was comforting to see the quick response from all the first responders and surrounding agencies who all helped manage this situation. I am anxious to get back to work as soon as I am healthy enough to return.”

In a news conference, officials say the suspect Dennis Marx drove up to the courthouse wearing body armor and a gas mask and had numerous weapons, and 'homemade explosive devices'. Sheriff's officials say it appears Marx has been planning this for some time, and came to the courthouse with the intention of killing people. Officials believe Marx was trying to enter the courthouse when he was shot by nearby deputies. A total of eight officers fired shots.

Marx was killed at the scene.
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