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Man shoots own son breaking into house

Posted at 8:14 PM, Sep 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-28 20:14:37-04

NEW FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) - Folks in the quiet town of New Fairfield, Connecticut are in shock after a father shot his own son allegedly breaking into a relative's home.

WFSB-TV reports that a woman heard someone outside her home around 1 a.m. Thursday, so she called her brother, Jeffrey Giulliano, who lives next door.

Police said Giulliano came over, armed with a handgun and found the would-be intruder dressed in black, wearing a black ski mask and armed with a gun.

During a confrontation, Giulliano fired his gun and killed the would-be robber. It was only after state police arrived and pulled off the ski mask, that he realized he had shot his 15-year-old son, Tyler Giulliano.

Police said it is unclear why Tyler was trying to break into his aunt's house -- and why he had a small gun.

At this point, the teen's father, a popular fifth grade teacher in the town, is not facing any charges.

"Sounds like a big mistake," said former student Eric Mitchell. "I hope they're easy on him. He's a really nice guy."