In a truly tragic and bizarre incident, a man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house - only to discover it was his own son.
Police said 15-year-old Tyler Giuliano was shot at about 1 a.m. Thursday by his father, Jeffrey Giuliano, a fifth-grade teacher in New Fairfield, a town along the New York line just north of Danbury.
As reported by the Associated Press:
A woman who was alone in the house believed someone was breaking in and called the teen's father, who lives next door, and he grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate, police said.
The father confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing and then fired his gun when the person went at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said.
When police officers arrived, the teen was lying in the driveway of the woman's home with gunshot wounds and the father was sitting on the grass. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
"All in all it's a tragedy," state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
Giuliano was a student at New Fairfield High School, a short walk from the neighborhood where he was killed.
No charges have been filed, as State Police continue their investigation into the shooting. An autopsy on the boy is forthcoming.
Above photo: Tyler Giuliano as he appeared in the 2012 New Fairfield High School yearbook.