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Hillsborough Deputy Accused of Battery on Plant City Police Officer

Ivan Moreno | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

The deputy appeared to be drunk, Hillsborough deputies say.

PLANT CITY – A Hillsborough deputy was arrested this morning (June 22) after he deliberately bumped shoulders with a Plant City police officer and tried to start a fight with him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Ivan Moreno, 33, was charged with one count each of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting and Officer Without Violence. He has been placed on administrative leave. Moreno has been employed with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office as a deputy since 2016. He has no prior internal affairs investigations.

According to deputies, Moreno encountered a Plant City police officer about 12:52 a.m. while sitting in the backyard of a home on Walden Woods Drive in Plant City.

The officer was using his flashlight to search behind several properties for a juvenile that ran away from her home. Moreno yelled at the unknown officer to turn the light off. The officer continued searching the area, leading Moreno to continue yelling at the officer to turn off his flashlight.

The officer used the flashlight to illuminate his badge and agency-issued uniform, identifying himself as a Plant City police officer. Moreno advanced towards the officer, bumping shoulders with him and attempting to engage in a physical altercation. According to the officer, Moreno appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident. The officer arrested Moreno.

“No one is above the law. Battery on an officer, even if it’s coming from another law enforcement officer, is completely unacceptable,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “This is an incident that should never have escalated to the level of physical violence. We do not condone the actions of this deputy, and he has been placed on administrative leave as we work through the details of this investigation.”

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