Man Kills Intruder, Finds Out It’s His Son
By Staff Reports/CTNow
NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CTNow) — Shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, a woman called her next-door neighbor, who also happens to be her brother, because she thought someone was trying to break into her home.
Her brother armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate, police said.
He saw a person wearing all black and a black ski mask outside his sister’s house with a “shiny object” in his hand and fired a fatal shot, police said.
Police have identified the masked person as 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano.
The shooter, sources said, is Tyler’s father, 44-year-old Jeffrey Giuliano.
When police arrived, they found Giuliano in a T-shirt and shorts, sitting on the grass next to the home. His son, Tyler, was lying dead in the driveway, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. A weapon was in his hand, police said.
Giuliano told police he thought his son was armed and about to attack him.
“I can’t believe something like this would happen in such a small town, to such a great family,” said Joe Janse, who said Jeffrey Giuliano was his fifth-grade teacher at Meetinghouse Hill School in 2003 and 2004.
Friends and neighbors said Tyler Giuliano was a student at New Fairfield High School.
Superintendent Alicia Roy sent a statement to parents and staff members Thursday. The statement did not release the victim’s name, but stated that a young person had been fatally shot.
“Our district has experienced a tragedy that has affected us deeply … This tragedy was not discussed with the students as the facts were not clear. Students and staff will react in different ways.”
The media center at the high school was opened until 9 p.m. Thursday for parents and students. Counseling is also provided for students in need of extra support.
“We will try to maintain our typical routine and encourage you to do the same,” the statement read. An open house at the high school scheduled for Thursday evening was canceled as a result.
“Clearly, the town is devastated by this and our heart aches for the family,” First Selectman John Hodge said.
State police Western District Major Crime Squad detectives are investigating.
– Staff writers David Owens, Samaia Hernandez and Fox Connecticut’s Ayana Harry contributed to this report.
*This report was modified by Fox 8 News