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Man Who Shot Bethel Cop Dies After 30 Years In Mental Hospital

Michael Daubert was shot in 1986 when he was a rookie police officer.
Michael Daubert was shot in 1986 when he was a rookie police officer. Photo Credit: Linkedin

BETHEL, Conn. -- Kenneth Ruggles, the man who shot a rookie Bethel police officer nearly 30 years ago, died in a mental hospital on Thursday, Oct. 22, according to newstimes.com.

Ruggles, 68, died at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, where he had been a patient since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1980s, the report said.

The shooting occurred on May 8, 1986, when Ruggles, a former Danbury resident, cut off Michael Daubert’s police cruiser on Mansfield Avenue and fired shots into the officer’s head, neck and chest, when the officer stepped out of his car, reported the newstimes.com.

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