Only after his ski mask was removed did Jeffrey Giuliano realize he knew the intruder. It was his son.

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NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A man fatally shot a masked gunman in self-defense outside his neighbor’s house during what appeared to be an attempted early-morning burglary and then discovered it was his son, State Police said.

Police identified the dead boy as Tyler Giuliano, 15, who was shot about 1 a.m. Thursday in New Fairfield, a town along the New York state line just north of Danbury.

A woman who was alone in the house believed someone was breaking in and called the teen’s father — who is also her brother and 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 lunged at him with a shiny weapon in his hand, police said.

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Only after his ski mask was removed did Jeffrey Giuliano realize he knew the intruder. It was his son.

When police officers arrived, Jeffrey Giuliano — a fifth-grade science teacher in town — was sitting on the grass next to his sister’s home and the teen was lying in the driveway with gunshot injuries. 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.

Tyler Giuliano was a student at New Fairfield High School, a short walk from the neighborhood where he was killed.

Police offered no motive for the teenager’s actions nor specified the weapon he was found holding.

“Everybody is just shaking their heads over it,” First Selectman John Hodge told Danbury’s The News-Times newspaper. “We’re hoping the police can get to the bottom of it.”

A relative who did not want to be identified told the newspaper the youngster was adopted and previously had the last name of Januzzi.

Superintendent of Schools Alicia Roy sent parents an email about what happened, the newspaper reported.

“Our district has experienced a tragedy that has affected us deeply,” she wrote, adding that students weren’t told of the killing because all the facts weren’t clear.

Tyler Giuliano was a member of the New Fairfield Civil Air Patrol.

“He loved to fly,” Ken Chapman, the adult leader of the patrol, told the newspaper. Tyler “was active in the power and glider flight programs” and was starting his second year in the program.

No charges have been filed. State Police are investigating. An autopsy was planned.

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