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Connecticut teacher kills masked teen, learns it was son

By John Christoffersen

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:28 a.m. HST, Sep 28, 2012

 NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. » A popular fifth-grade teacher fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house during what appeared to be an attempted late-night burglary, then discovered the teen was his son, state police said.

Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said today that police are trying to determine if the gun used by Jeffrey Giuliano, the father, was registered. It will be at least a week before the probe is done.

Tyler Giuliano, described as an easygoing 15-year-old who enjoyed flying small planes, was shot at about 1 a.m. Thursday in New Fairfield, a lake community of about 14,000 along the New York line just north of Danbury.

"It's something out of a Hollywood script," said First Selectman John Hodge, who doesn't recall another killing in his eight years on the job. "You certainly don't expect it to happen in your own small hometown where there's very little crime."

Jeffrey Giuliano's sister, who was alone in the home, believed someone was breaking in and called Giuliano, who lives next door, state police said. Giuliano grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate, troopers said.

He confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing and then fired his gun when the person went at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said. They would not provide details about what kind of weapon it was.

When police officers arrived almost immediately after they were called, the teen was lying in the driveway of his aunt's home with gunshot wounds and the father was sitting on the grass. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A state trooper pulled back the ski mask to reveal that the victim was Tyler Giuliano, though it was unclear if Jeffrey Giuliano already knew that. It was also unclear if he was actually trying to burglarize the house or if it was some type of prank gone wrong.

"All in all it's a tragedy," Vance said.

Jeffrey Giuliano hasn't returned a message seeking comment on what happened. Alicia Roy, superintendent of schools in New Fairfield, said Giuliano is a native of the town who offers summer music and zoology camps for his students and plays in a band that raises a lot of money for charity.

"''He wanted to teach in the community he grew up," she said. "He connects with the students. He's a caring person. Very interactive class."

Tyler Giuliano was a student at New Fairfield High School, a short walk from the neighborhood where he was killed. Roy said he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and was described as an easy-going young man who enjoyed spending time with his family. During a storm last year, he volunteered at a shelter set up the local high school, helping to serve meals and set up cots.

Roy said Tyler especially enjoyed flying gliders and single-engine planes out of Danbury airport.

"He would fly as many hours as possible," she said.

No charges have been filed. An autopsy is planned.

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whs1966 wrote:
Rather than call the police, the women who thought her home was being burglarized called her neighbor, whose first response was to grab a gun. It serves the idiot right that he killed his son.
on September 27,2012 | 07:25PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Have some compassion, please. How can you say such a thing? Oh wait, this is cyberspace. People say a lot on keyboards what they wouldn't in public.
on September 28,2012 | 01:55PM
honopic wrote:
She called her brother, not her neighbor. Wouldn't you do the same if he lived next door? He's seconds away. Police, even in a small town, are minutes away. How could she know it was her nephew? You call the dad an idiot, but don't know if he challenged the intruder or told him to drop to the ground. Yes, he may have been quick to shoot, but if there was another weapon involved, people with guns will pull the trigger.
on September 28,2012 | 04:49PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
What was he doing at 1am dressed in black and wearing a ski mask outside someone else's house?Unless it's halloween, It's like asking to be shot. Very sorry to hear his father had to be the one that shot him. RIP young man.
on September 27,2012 | 09:17PM
Upperkula wrote:
apparantly this young man was no angel after all. Looks like he was peeping on his neighbor who was his aunty then got shot by his daddy who then found out it was his own son that he just killed. Oh what a thing to have to live with now.
on September 28,2012 | 07:44AM
cojef wrote:
Woes of fatherhood, unimagineable grief, go figure, life is not fair to one and all. Hope the Father can survive the ordeal. Pray for him.
on September 28,2012 | 10:54AM
false wrote:
Good thing the father had easy access to a handgun. Imagine how wrong things might have gone if he hadn't.
on September 28,2012 | 12:22PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Brother, things went wrong.
on September 28,2012 | 01:55PM
onevoice82 wrote:
The kid wanted money for a new small plane and he knew where his aunt hides money in the house. I could have written this script!
on September 29,2012 | 07:24AM
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