Man kills masked intruder, discovers it was his own son (VIDEO)

Jeffrey Giuliano did what any good brother would do: He responded to his sister Alexis Scocozza's frantic call last night at around 1 a.m. that there was someone trying to break into her New Fairfield, Connecticut house, right next door to his. That's when Giuliano grabbed his handgun, walked next door, and shot the masked trespasser, who also reportedly lunged at him with what Giuliano thought was a gun.

Seems like what any good brother would do to protect his family, right?

Things quickly turned tragic when Giuliano found out, after the police arrived and they removed the ski mask off the intruder, that it was his own 15-year-old son, Tyler, laying there dead. What was Tyler thinking when he decided to put on a ski mask and attempt to break into his aunt's house at 1 a.m.? I bet he didn't think it would cost him his life.

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Giuliano called police to let them know he had just shot a would-be criminal and sat by the curb. In a statement given to the New York Post, Lt. J. Paul Vance, a State Police spokesperson, said: "The shooter did not know who the deceased was until we informed him."

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Can you imagine Giuliano's shock when he found out he had just killed his son and not a would-be robber?

It's hard not to blame Tyler, who should have been in bed getting his rest for school. What adds just another layer of sadness is that Giuliano had reportedly adopted Tyler. The teen had been rescued from a fate of possibly living in foster homes.

One has to wonder if this is a prank that went terribly wrong or was Tyler really trying to rob his aunt?

Either way, Giuliano is dealing with the grief of losing his adopted child and probably blaming himself for what transpired.

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Topics: shooting  tragedy