A New Fairfield man has shot a juvenile believed to be armed and trying to break into his neighbor's home. The teen has been identified as 15-year old Tyler Giuliano.
State Police say a woman living at 7 Meeting House Hill Circle called her next door neighbor around 1am to report that someone was outside, dressed all in black trying to get into her home.
The neighbor, Jeffrey Giuliano, armed himself and went outside to investigate. The youth was wearing a ski mask and had a shiny object in his hand. The neighbor reported to police that the suspect came toward him in a threatening manner and thought the masked person was about to attack.
The neighbor then fired his handgun. Tyler Giuliano was pronounced dead at the scene.
When state police arrived they found a man in a t-shirt and shorts sitting on the grass by the home and another person lying on the ground in the driveway. Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance says after the shooting, the father sat at the curbside and waited for cops, unaware of the slain intruder’s identity. Vance says the shooter did not know who the deceased was until they informed him. The father was in “utter shock.”
Jeffrey Giuliano is a fifth-grade teacher in town. No charges have been filed. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death.
State police say the incident is isolated and has no relation to any other incident in the community.