New Fairfield father who shot, killed son interviewed by police for 6 hours
By WFSB Staff
NEW FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -
Eyewitness News is learning more details about a shooting in New Fairfield where a father shot and killed his 15-year-old adopted son because he thought he was a burglar.
On Sept. 27, state police said a woman called her brother, Jeffrey Giuliano, who lives next door, and told him that she believed someone was trying to break into her home. Jeffrey Giuliano, who is a popular fifth-grade teacher, then left his home armed with a handgun and confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and dressed in all black.
State police said Tyler Giuliano threatened his father with a knife, and that's when Jeffrey Giuliano opened fire, killing his son. However, Jeffrey Giuliano did not know it was his son until police peeled back the mask, revealing it was Tyler.
Gene Zingaro, attorney for Jeffrey Giuliano, told Eyewitness News Tuesday that his client was interviewed by Connecticut State Police for six hours. However, Zingaro does not think Jeffrey Giuliano will be charged in the death of his son.
According to Zingaro, Tyler Giuliano, who was in Jeffrey Giuliano's fifth-grade class, was living with his half sister's grandmother when Jeffrey Giuliano first met him. Tyler was not being properly cared for at times and when the state wanted to remove him from the home, Jeffrey Giuliano stepped in.
Jeffrey Giuliano originally intended to have Tyler live with him temporarily, but then he fostered the child and later adopted him in 2008.
Many people still want to know why Tyler was standing in his aunt's house with a mask and knife on the night of Sept. 27. Zingaro said Tyler never had any issues or fights with his aunt.
Zingaro added that he doesn't think it will ever be known why Tyler left his house and what he was doing when he was shot.
As for the confrontation, Zingaro said his client felt he was in danger and did not comment much further.
On Sunday night, at least 900 people packed into St. Edward's Church for a memorial service for Tyler Giuliano. Attendants said Jeffrey Giuliano was visibly upset during the service.
Superintendent of Schools Alicia Roy said the goal is to help the students move on. The school is working with students and parents as questions about what happened continue to surface.
A private burial for Tyler Giuliano was held Monday morning.
Jeffrey Giuliano has a carrier's permit for the handgun used in the shooting. He also worked for and was a owner in a security company, which gave him extra training.
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