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CUMMING — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the deputy who was wounded while stopping a gunman Friday morning at the county courthouse.

Daniel Rush, a 30-year veteran of the force, was shot in the leg by Dennis Ronald Marx of Cumming, who was attempting to storm the courthouse.

“[He’s a] good deputy, saved several lives today,” Piper said.

According to Piper, the injured deputy has a fractured fibula and tibia in his right leg. He underwent surgery Friday afternoon.

Rush posted on a social media site that he is OK. Authorities have said they expect him to make a full recovery.

According to Sheriff Duane Piper, Rush’s response alerted other deputies, who were able to bring down Marx.

“Every one of these officers reacted,” he said. “... I can’t say enough about how they reacted.”

Piper credited Rush as the reason there were no other injuries.

“Had he not engaged him right there, Mr. Marx’s intention was to get in that front door and take hostages,” Piper said. “The deputy who engaged him outside, he saved lives.

“The entire situation was solved by that deputy.”

Sherry Lang with the sheriff’s office asked that the media respect the deputy’s privacy, adding the agency is looking into some perceived threats.

“Law enforcement’s safety is in the upmost concern of ours right now,” she said.