NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An attorney for a Connecticut man who fatally shot his 15-year-old son said Thursday that state police want access to his computer and phone to try to determine why the boy was out at night wearing a ski mask and armed with a knife.
Police say Giuliano went outside with a gun around 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 when his sister called to say someone was trying to break into her house next door in New Fairfield. Authorities say Giuliano saw a masked person holding a shiny object come toward him in a threatening manner and shot him.
He later was told the person he killed was his son Tyler. Police said the weapon was a knife.
Police are investigating the shooting and declined to comment on details. No charges have been filed.
“In my opinion, the focus of the investigation has shifted from what happened on the night of the shooting to why Tyler was where he was and what he was doing, what his intentions were,” Zingaro said.
He said he believes his client fired at least four shots but is not sure how many hit the boy. Police have said Tyler died of multiple gunshot wounds.
“My client felt like his life was in imminent danger at the time he fired,” he said. “In my opinion, Jeff Giuliano had a fear of being shot at the time he fired his weapon.”
Zingaro said he does not expect any charges to be filed against Giuliano. Police spent about six hours interviewing him Friday in his attorney’s office and have not asked to re-interview him, Zingaro said.
The attorney said Giuliano was aware at the time that there had been reports of a break-in and a sexual assault in the same town. He said that had even prompted Giuliano to call a family meeting to make sure his children took precautions.
‘Weighing heavily on his mind was the fact that there was a forced entry rape a day or two before in New Fairfield,” Zingaro said. “In my estimation, Jeff Giuliano felt like he had happened upon maybe the same intruder.”
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