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TABOR CITY (FayObserver.com) — An off-duty Columbus County deputy and his EMT girlfriend were each charged with assault in a Sunday confrontation at their home, Sheriff's Office reports show.

Deputy James Floyd Norris, 28, was placed on leave without pay Monday night, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said. An internal investigation will be conducted by the department into Norris' actions, Hatcher said.

Linda Gail Russ, 38, returned to duty at Tabor City Emergency Services on Tuesday. Chief Ronnie Watts said he was looking into the incident and had not talked to Russ late Tuesday morning.

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