A New Fairfield man who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son will not face prosecution.
A person briefed on the decision said prosecutors do not plan to file charges against 44-year-old Jeffrey Giuliano, who was a fifth-grade teacher in town.
Authorities say Giuliano saw a masked person holding a knife come toward him in a threatening manner and shot him. He later was told the person was his son Tyler.
It happened around 1 a.m. Sept. 27, 2012 in the area of 7 Meetinghouse Circle in New Fairfield, where Giuliano's sister lived.
According to police, the woman was alone in the house and believed someone was trying to break in. She called Giuliano, who grabbed a gun and went outside to investigate.
Investigators said Giuliano saw a masked person on his sister's front porch. His hand was on the look and it appeared that he was trying to break in, according to a State's Attorney's report on the incident.
That masked person turned out to be Giuliano's adopted son, Tyler.
According to the report, Giuliano did not recognize his son, and fired his gun when Tyler Giuliano allegedly came at him with a switchblade and growled aggressively.
Police arrived to find Jeffrey Giuliano sitting in the grass near his adopted son's body. Tyler Giuliano was shot three times, according to the report.
State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III concluded in his report that Jeffrey Giuliano was acting in self defense. He will not face charges.
The State's Attorney's report said Tyler Giuliano had no drugs in his system. It's not clear why he was apparently trying to break into his aunt's house.