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A man who shot a Bethel Police Officer nearly 30 years ago has died in a mental hospital.  68-year old Kenneth Ruggles had been a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital since he was acquitted of attempted murder in the 1980s.  Ruggles was acquitted by reason of insanity for shooting Officer Michael Daubert when he was a 21-year-old rookie.

 

The officer survived after a 10-hour surgery. 

 

No details about Ruggles death are being released, though officials previously said that he had a heart condition and schizophrenia. 

 

In August, Daubert fought most recently before the state Psychiatric Security Review Board against a request from Ruggles to live full-time in a community residence in Middletown.  The proposal was rejected.

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