NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – The sister of a Connecticut man who fatally shot his teenage son last week frantically called police to report someone was shot after she called her brother for help with someone trying to break into her house, according to 911 calls released Friday.
Police say Jeffrey Giuliano went outside with a gun at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 after his sister called to say someone was trying to break into her house next door in New Fairfield. Authorities say Giuliano saw a person wearing a ski mask holding a shiny object come toward him in a threatening manner and shot him.
He was told later the person he killed was his 15-year-old son, Tyler. Police said the weapon was a knife.
Giuliano’s sister, speaking rapidly and trying to catch her breath, says on the 911 call that she wasn’t sure if her brother was shot.
“I don’t know if he was shot or not,” the sister says.
“Does your brother have a gun?” the dispatcher asks.
“I think so,” she replies. “But I opened the front door and he screamed for me to stay inside.”
Giuliano’s wife also called police.
Gene Zingaro, Giuliano’s attorney, said this week that Giuliano believed the masked person had a gun.
“What that tells me is she did not know if there was one or two guns,” Zingaro said, referring to Giuliano’s sister. “Mr. Giuliano as we all know felt like at the time of the shooting the masked intruder not only had a gun but that he was in imminent danger.”
On another call, someone says it appeared the teen might have a gunshot wound to the head. Police have said Tyler died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police are investigating the shooting. No charges have been filed and Zingaro said he doesn’t expect any.
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