Two officers have left the Bluffton Police Department following an investigation into their involvement in a Tybee Island bar fight earlier this month, according to Capt. Joseph Manning.
Henry Criss, charged with aggravated assault, was terminated April 4; Lindsey Marion resigned April 7. Both were suspended without pay April 3 after Criss was arrested by Tybee Island police and charged with pulling a gun on another patron, according to a department news release.
An internal investigation found Criss and Marion both violated the department's Code of Conduct by exhibiting off-duty conduct unbecoming of an officer, Manning said. Criss also violated policies against wearing a firearm while off duty in an establishment that serves alcohol and against moral turpitude, for being arrested on a felony charge, Manning said.
Reached Thursday, Criss declined to comment. Attempts to reach Marion were unsuccessful.
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An attempt late Thursday to reach police chief Joseph Reynolds for comment was unsuccessful.Criss, 33, was intoxicated and arguing with another patron of Doc's Bar about 11:30 p.m. April 2 when he pulled his personal weapon and held it to the man's cheek, cutting his face, a police report of the incident said.
Criss then reportedly left the bar with Marion, his girlfriend, who told police she tried to break up the argument but had not seen a gun.
A bar employee also witnessed Criss draw his weapon, the report said. The victim was transported by EMS to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment of his cut and a vision problem.
Criss was released from the Chatham County jail April 3 after posting a $5,000 bond, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's office.
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