Man Kills Masked Teen, Finds It's His Son
Father confronted suspected burglar outside sister's home
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 2:51 AM CDT
Tyler Giuliano, 15, was a student at New Fairfield High School.   (New Fairfield High School Yearbook)

(Newser) – A Connecticut man shot dead a masked man he believed was trying to break into his sister's home, only to learn that it was his own 15-year-old son. Police say elementary school teacher Jeffrey Giuliano received a late-night call from his sister, who lived next door, about a possible intruder outside her home. He armed himself with a handgun and fired after confronting an individual who was dressed in black, wearing a ski mask, and carrying a weapon in his hand, CBS reports. Police arrived at the scene to find the father overwhelmed with grief. Tyler Giuliano was pronounced dead at the scene. "I can’t imagine what he felt when he took the mask off," a neighbor says. Police are investigating but no charges have been filed.

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Sep 29, 2012 11:14 AM CDT
I'm glad he did it before the kid got proficient at criminal enterprise, and hurt someone else.
Sep 29, 2012 7:25 AM CDT
Guns are too effective. When you put 90% of the population into a perceived do-or-die event... if they have a gun in their hand they won't make a rational decision. The emotion of the event dictates their actions... most times with dire consequence. Think about how long police and military personnel have to train in order to remove the emotion from the decision to pull the trigger. Consider how liitle (if any) the average gun owner gets of that training. People do have the right to possess guns to protect their life and property... but along with that right comes a huge responsibility to train yourself how to use the most effective weapon the average person can put in their hand.
Sep 28, 2012 11:40 PM CDT
As sad as this is, and as bad as I feel for the guy, there's still no reason to take a kill shot on burglar. As far as career criminals go, they're the cowards. They'll bail as soon they see the chrome, and even if they don't you'll still knock him down if you hit the clock. Not that I blame the dad. In fact I feel terrible for him. That kind of guilt will haunt a man for his lifetime. I'm just saying, we've been seeing this kind of thing a lot lately. There should be mandatory classes with emphasis on situational self defense when somebody purchases a gum.