UPDATE: Naked Man Attacks More Police Officers

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"I feared for my life when he grabbed for that taser and he was able to rip it off my holster. I was actually scared of what was going to happen next." -Deputy Ray Bollis, Ingham County Sheriff's Office

The naked man accused of assaulting police officers last week is at it again.

26-year-old Ronald Ray Ruhl was set to be released from the hospital Friday when he suddenly attacked the Ingham County Sheriff's deputy who was guarding him.

It took Sparrow Hospital's security and several Lansing police officers to get Ruhl under control, and it all started with a simple request.

"Mr. Ruhl asked to use the restroom. I unshackled him from the bed, let him use the restroom," Deputy Ray Bollis said.

But when Ruhl came out of the restroom, he immediately began attacking the deputy who saw his life flash before his eyes.

"I feared for my life when he grabbed for that taser and he was able to rip it off my holster," Bollis said. "I was actually scared of what was going to happen next."

The two struggled on the floor, and the deputy yelled out to Sparrow's security officer waiting outside the room. Bollis was able to radio Lansing Police for back up. The fight lasted several minutes, and it took at least six officers to get Ruhl under control. The deputy was treated for a few scrapes and cuts.

"You don't have time to do the what-ifs," Bollis said. "You just react. You do what you have to do, and that's what I did."

Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth commends his deputy, a 13-year-veteran of the department set to retire in a few months, and the Meridian Township Police officers who suffered more severe injuries after a similar attack last week when Ruhl bit several of them.

"It's a tough job being a police officer, and these officers were doing the best they could under the circumstances to control an out of control person," Sheriff Wriggelsworth said.

But "out of control" is never how Ruhl's father would describe his son.

"Everybody that knows him knows he's a caring person, and that it's way out of character," Ronald Ruhl, Sr., said.

Ronald says his son is a veteran suffering from PTSD. He hasn't been able to visit his son since the initial incident, and he just wants to get him the help he needs.

"To get back to the kind of person he's always been," Ruhl, Sr., said.

The court has ordered Ruhl undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Ruhl's attorney is trying to stop police from releasing more information as the case moves forward.

We reached out to Sparrow Hospital, which didn't want to comment on the incident.


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