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Exclusive look inside Forsyth County Courthouse shooter's home

CUMMING, GA (CBS46) -

Dennis Marx's family is working on putting their lives back together.

"Do you feel safe walking down the street in this community?" asked CBS46 reporter Adam Murphy of one of Marx's close family members who wanted to remain anonymous.

"No," she said. She now fears for her family's safety after Marx died in a shootout at the Forsyth County Courthouse on June 6.

"Do you feel like the sheriff's department would target you?" Murphy asked.

"Yes, that could be a good way to put it," she said.

Marx's family said deputies raided his home after he was shot and killed, and left behind busted doors, a damaged gun safe and even live bullets.

"He's dead; he is dead and he cannot defend himself anymore, and they continue to destroy anything to do with him, and he is dead," she said.

Police searched Marx's home for drugs, weapons and a motive, and they were concerned the home was booby-trapped.

"He would not booby-trap what was his house, which he left to his family," the relative told Murphy.

Marx deeded the home to his mother last October, and his family gave us a glimpse inside his world, including his damaged gun safe in the basement and collectibles, ranging from pictures of Marilyn Monroe to an old Coke machine to a vintage military telephone.

Family also described him as a handyman and gun enthusiast with a collection of more than 20 handguns.

"His dream was to get a job working for Glock," she said.

They also said he was very social and they never considered him to be violent.

"He was an all-and-all great guy. We would always hug each other, always hug each other. 'Love ya, be safe,'" she said.

She did admit Marx's life changed forever after deputies burst into his home three years ago and arrested him for selling marijuana to a police informant.

Marx accused the sheriff's department of using excessive force, damaging his property, and seizing personal items and money. Marx began a court battle that his family said consumed and frustrated him, and angers them to this day.

"They destroyed Dennis, they took his life, they took everything they possibly could August 2011," she said.

On Monday, Marx's family contacted CBS46 and said they have decided to pursue legal action against the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department in protest of the treatment of Marx and the damage done to the family home.

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