The aerial search spotted Bourgoin's vehicle near the Brooklyn landfill, where he had built a campfire to keep warm.

Troopers in the helicopter monitored Bourgoin's actions from the air, while troopers on the ground set up a perimeter around the dump so Bourgoin could not escape.

The landfill was shut down. Town trucks were used to block the exit from the landfill.

A SWAT team was mobilized. It disarmed Bourgoin, who had a rifle and handgun, and took him into custody without incident. After he was booked, he was taken to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam for a psychiatric evaluation.

He was being held by police on a $500,000 cash bond Friday night pending an appearance Tuesday in Danielson Superior Court.

Gregory Lyon of Beecher Road said he was surprised when he learned about the incident Friday.

"My daughter had heard about it in school earlier," he said. "Nothing like this has happened in the neighborhood."

The incident was not Bourgoin's first serious brush with the law.

On Nov. 16, 2003, he was accused of entering the Town Highway Garage off South Main Street, where he allegedly caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage to the building and equipment stored there, including an exhaust fan, a tractor and a dump truck.

Police said he then stole a 2002 Ford F-350 town-owned dump truck and went on a rampage, ramming three autos for sale at Sorel's garage on Route 6, then striking a mailbox and three newspaper boxes. Police said the damage to the vehicles was several thousand dollars.

Police said Bourgoin then drove the dump truck into Killingly, twice ramming the front of Capt. Jack's Liquor Store, again causing heavy damage. Leaving that scene, he drove onto Litchfield Avenue in Rogers, where the truck collided with another vehicle and Bourgoin ran from the scene. State police apprehended him a short time later.

He was booked on several charges, including third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny and criminal mischief as a result of the incidents.

Later that same day, troopers were called to a car wash on South Main Street, Brooklyn, where an employee had found the severed head of a dog mounted on a statue of the Virgin Mary behind the car wash. Police reports indicated the dog's head had been severed from its body with a knife.