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Masked Conn. teen killed by dad called a good kid

Fri., Sept. 28, 2012, 11:54 p.m.

The residence of Alexis Scocozza at 7 Meetinghouse Hill Circle is seen in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.  Scocozza's brother and next door neighbor, Jeffery Giuliano, fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, state police said. (Jessica Hill / Fr125654 Ap)
The residence of Alexis Scocozza at 7 Meetinghouse Hill Circle is seen in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Scocozza's brother and next door neighbor, Jeffery Giuliano, fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, state police said. (Jessica Hill / Fr125654 Ap)

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A masked Connecticut teenager who was shot to death by his father outside a neighbor’s house is being called a good kid who had never been in trouble with the law.

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Giuliano loved flying small planes as a Civil Air Patrol cadet and seemed happy as he played an online game with friends Wednesday night.

But hours later, authorities say, Tyler was outside dressed all in black and carrying a weapon when he was shot by his father, who thought he was a prowler. Police say the father didn’t realize until afterward that he had shot his son.

First Selectman John Hodge says, “It’s something out of a Hollywood script.”

A 14-year-old friend who played a game with Tyler hours before the shooting says he seemed “perfectly fine.”



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