Man shoots masked burglar dead only to discover it was his teen son

Tyler Giuliano with the scene of the shooting  
By: John Roberts 

A man shot and killed a burglar only to discover later that the killed burglar is his son, according to reports.

The man fatally shot a masked teen in self-defense in his neighbor's house for what seemed to be a robbery attempt early morning and then discovered it was his son, state police said.

Police identified the dead boy as 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano, who was shot at about 1 am Thursday in New Fairfield, Connecticut, a town along the line of New York, just north of Danbury.

A woman who was alone in the house thought someone was breaking and called the father of the teenager, who lives next door. He took a gun and went to investigate, police said. The father confronted the persom who was wearing a black ski mask and black dress then fired his weapon when the person came to him with a shiny weapon in hand, police said.

When police arrived, the father was sitting on the grass next to the house of the woman and the teenager was lying on the roadway with gunshot wounds. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

"After all this is a tragedy," state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. The teenager's father, Jeffrey Giuliano, a fifth grade teacher in the city, did not return a message seeking comment on what happened.

The boy was a student at New Fairfield High School, a short walk from the area where he was killed. School Superintendent Alicia Roy sent an email to parents about what happened, the local newspaper reported. "Our district has experienced a tragedy that has affected us deeply," he wrote, adding that students were not informed of the death, because all the facts were not clear.

No charges have been filed. State police are investigating. An autopsy is planned on the child.

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