Few Answers Yet in Dad's Shooting of Masked Son
Connecticut police say he didn't know until authorities removed ski mask
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2012 9:22 AM CDT
The residence of Alexis Scocozza in New Fairfield, Conn., where the shooting took place.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – Police in New Fairfield, Connecticut, say it will take several weeks to finish the investigation into the bizarre case in which a man shot and killed a knife-wielding masked prowler, only to learn it was his own teenage son. But the local News-Times clarifies one tragic detail: Jeffrey Giuliano didn't realize he shot 15-year-old Tyler until paramedics and police arrived and removed the teen's ski mask. He didn't do so himself. No charges have been filed. Some developments:

  • Giuliano told police that his sister called from next door about a prowler trying to break into her home. He grabbed a gun and confronted the youth, who was clad all in black and wielding a knife. Police say a scuffle ensued, and Giuliano shot the youth multiple times, reports the Hartford Courant.
  • Tyler, who was adopted by the Giulianos a few years ago, is described as a friendly kid without a history of trouble with the law. "He was just a sweet person and he always made everyone laugh," one classmate tells AP.
  • The News-Times says Tyler had unspecified trouble at his original home and was taken in temporarily by one local family (it went well) before being adopted by the Giulianos. It adds that his "status updates on a social networking platform called Lifestream often took on a more melancholy tone."

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Oct 1, 2012 5:09 PM CDT
I don't understand how there could be a scuffle without the teenager identifying himself at some point. Something is very odd about this story.
Sep 29, 2012 7:25 PM CDT
Pretty interesting case. As someone has mentioned, he might have had the knife because of his background and needed it to feel safe. We don't know if he was holding it, or had it in his pocket. Wearing black, and breaking into your sisters house? No history of criminal behavior? That's very weird. Top of the list would be, wanting to steal stuff for money .. or wanting to attack the sister.
Sep 29, 2012 5:08 PM CDT
Answers? What answers? He was a teenager doing silly teenager stuff, without thinking it through like a teenager does. Like in that movie, dad asks Shila Poof "Why are you all sweaty?" "I'm a teenager" he replies. Only, this poor kids dad was more of a shoot first kinda guy. EOS.