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.
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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