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'Armed and dangerous' man wanted in Madison found by police

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Francis Peter Summer was capture by police Friday evening (WFSB/Madison police) Francis Peter Summer was capture by police Friday evening (WFSB/Madison police)

Police in Madison found the man who they considered to be "armed and dangerous" on Friday.

On Friday morning the was focused in the area of Route 80 and Walnut Hill Road, however that has since widened out. Alerts went out to neighbors around 7:30 a.m.

"The town sent out a notice early this morning and told us all just to lock down," said John Lundberg, of Madison.

Residents were told to "remain indoors with doors locked" and call 911 if any "suspicious" men are seen in the area.

The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Francis Peter Sumner, who was wanted for stealing a motor vehicle in Ohio.

Police said he then drove to Michigan and stole a Winnebago. Police said the Winnebago was spotted in Madison.

After Sumner was pulled over by officers, he fled from the scene.

"We did make contact with this individual. At that point contacted by the officer he took off on foot," said Madison Police Capt. Joseph Race.

Police found him on Friday evening, just around 6:30 p.m.

"It seems like this afternoon's push through the woods did flush him out or maybe he got tired and cold as well," said Race.

Sumner is reportedly from Bayonne, NJ, and he was arrested last year in Old Saybrook on a larceny charge.

On Friday, two schools, Brown Middle and Kathleen H. Ryerson Elementary schools, were placed on modified lockdown during the search. The administration said the modified lockdown means no children were allowed outside the building, no visitors were allowed into the building and all outdoor activities were now only allowed to take place indoors. 

"The school system was very informative on the Connecticut alert system. I got emails, phone calls and text messages throughout the day," said parent Carolyn Varone.

Officers from Madison, Guilford, Westbrook and the regional swat team were called to the scene. The Connecticut State Police, K-9s and aircraft were being used in the search.

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