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Attorney: Man who shot masked son devastated

Published October 1, 2012 8:34 pm

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New Haven, Conn. • A popular teacher who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son is devastated and filled with questions about what the boy was doing, his attorney said Monday.

Jeffrey Giuliano went outside with a gun around 1 a.m. Thursday when his sister called to say someone was trying to break into her house next door in New Fairfield, a town of nearly 14,000 people about 50 miles from New York City. Giuliano saw a masked person holding a weapon come toward him in a threatening manner and shot him, police said. He learned later the person he killed was his son Tyler Giuliano.

Jeffrey Giuliano, a fifth-grade teacher at a nearby school, and his wife "are not well," his attorney Gene Zingaro said.

"Their family is hurting," Zingaro said. "They've been broken in half by this unspeakable tragedy."

Giuliano and his wife don't know what Tyler, who didn't have any trouble with the law, was doing, Zingaro said.

"The family has literally hundreds of questions as to what Tyler was doing, why he was wearing what he was and why he was carrying what he was," Zingaro said.