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Bluffton officers suspended after 1 arrested

Note: Because of a reporter's error, a previous version of this story did not say what state was involved.

Bluffton, SC, Police Chief Joey Reynolds suspended two officers without pay on Thursday, pending an internal investigation after one of the officers was accused of pointing a loaded gun at a man during an argument at a Georgia bar.

Tybee Island police officers contacted the Bluffton Police Department around 11 p.m. Wednesday about the arrest of Office Henry Criss on an assault charge, according to a statement released by the Bluffton chief and an incident report from the Tybee department.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, Criss and officer Lindsey Marion, who were both at Doc's Bar, were placed on leave, the chief's statement said.

"Bluffton Police Department holds our officers to high standards, on and off duty," Reynolds said in a statement. "This incident, which saddens and disappoints me, is a severe violation of the department's standards."

According to both departments, no agency-issued equipment was involved and that Criss used his personal weapon. The gun involved was a black semiautomatic Kel-Tec .32 caliber pistol with six live rounds, according to the Tybee report.

The report said he cut a man's cheek with the gun during an argument, after which both men appeared to be "highly intoxicated."

Criss, 33, has been with the Bluffton department since August 2011. Marion, 35, has been employed with the department since May 2008.

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