Sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday, Jeffrey Giuliano got a call from his sister, who lives next door, informing him that she thought someone was trying to break into her home.
Armed with a handgun, Giuliano walked over to investigate and encountered someone in his sister’s driveway wearing a ski mask and brandishing a knife. Giuliano shot and killed the masked suspect when they made a move towards him.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Giuliano sitting in the grass and the suspect’s dead body lying sprawled in the driveway. Police lifted up the mask and revealed the suspect to be Giuliano’s 15-year-old son, Tyler Giuliano. Early reports stated Giuliano had removed the mask and realized he had shot his son before police arrived, but those reports turned out to be incorrect.
“He didn’t know it was his son. … We made the identification.” State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said. He said Jeffrey Giuliano had not removed the teenager’s mask, and that he did not know he had killed his son until paramedics arrived to take Tyler’s body away.
Tyler was a student at New Fairfield High School and a Civil Air Patrol cadet. From all accounts, he was an easygoing kid and somewhat shy. Police say that Tyler, who Giuliano had adopted a few years prior, has never been trouble with the law before.
There are a lot of questions surrounding the shooting, mainly everyone wondering what the hell Tyler was doing on his Aunt’s property dressed in all black and carrying a knife. The last anyone had heard from him was around 10 p.m. the previous night while playing Minecraft online with a friend. However, Tyler’s cousin allegedly told someone that Tyler wasn’t going to burglarize his aunt’s house, but that Tyler was upset about a fight he had with his aunt earlier that night.
While I wouldn’t put much stock into what teens post on social media related websites, Tyler’s status updates on Lifestream reportedly took on a melancholy tone that contradicted the “huggable, lovable” Tyler his friends describe. I tried to locate his account to see for myself, but gave up after about 5 minutes.
So far no charges have been filed, but State police are still investigating.Tags: Connecticut, Shooting, teen, Tyler Giuliano