A near cop killer will not be released early from a mental health hospital.
Kenneth Ruggles, who’s been in the care of Connecticut Valley Hospital for more than 20 years, had another attempt at release denied by Psychiatric Review Board on Friday.
Ruggles tried to assassinate a now retired officer Mike Daubert nearly 30 years ago in Bethel.
Daubert told Eyewitness News in previous interviews that he’s lived in fear for a long time since that day.
The incident started at the Bethel Post Office in 1986. Ruggles was looking for signatures on a petition because he was running for governor.
Daubert, a young officer at the time who’d only been on the job a few months, told Ruggles that he couldn’t campaign there.
Daubert said Ruggles thought he was a Communist agent.
For the next seven weeks, Ruggles stalked him.
While on a dinner break at a drive-in, Daubert said Ruggles carried out his plan. He pulled a vehicle in front of Daubert’s car, identified himself as FBI Agent Ruggles and fired at Daubert with a shotgun.
Daubert said he was hit 21 times and needed 17 different surgeries.
Ruggles was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to Middletown.
Daubert said Ruggles has been through hearings since then. Ruggles even told doctors that he was getting better.
A journal kept over a 20-plus year period told a different story, according to Daubert.
Daubert told Eyewitness News in 2012 that he thought Ruggles would re-offend if released.
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