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.