An inmate at the Hernando County jail was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer Sunday after deputies said he spit on a detention officer during a cell check.
Deputy Daniel Martinez was conducting a security check in a cell at the Hernando County Detention Center on Sunday afternoon when Justin Fugate, an inmate in the unit, began cursing and yelling at him, the sheriff’s office said.
After Martinez asked Fugate to calm down, Fugate charged the cell door and spit on his shirt, a sheriff’s office news release said.
Fugate told deputies he was acting out of self-defense because he believed he was “feeling harassed,” the news release said.
According to court records, Fugate was jailed in February for failure to appear in court on a battery charge stemming from a September 2012 incident.