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Father Kills Son, Allegedly Mistaking Him For Intruder (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

A Colorado man shot and killed his son after allegedly mistaking him for an intruder.

Frank Huner Jr., 58, called 911 around 10:15 p.m. on July 1 to report that he had shot someone in his home, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. During the same call, Huner revealed that the victim was his son, Nick.

"RP [Reporting party] is saying he shot someone who came into his house," the 911 dispatcher said at the time, according to a report from WTOL. "Now [he’s] saying it’s his son, and he's dead."

Huner reportedly told the dispatcher he had shot his son about six times.

Police confirmed that the man Huner shot died, though the coroner has not yet formally identified the body.

Huner was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, according to Fox News. He was released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

Officials said the charges against Huner may change as the investigation moves forward and more information is uncovered.

In a similar story from 2012, a Connecticut man shot and killed his 15-year-old adopted son after the teen, who was wearing a ski mask, tried to break into a neighbor's home.

Jeffrey Giuliano said he fired the gun when the teen came after him with a shiny object, according to the New York Post. He then waited outside for the police to arrive, unaware that he had just killed his own son.

"The shooter did not know who the deceased was until we informed him," Lt. J. Paul Vance said at the time.

Giuliano, a fifth-grade teacher, was reportedly in "utter shock" when he learned the identity of the intruder.

"All in all it's a tragedy," Vance said.

The New York Post reported that Giuliano had adopted Tyler when Tyler's grandmother could no longer take care of him. Giuliano had been Tyler's teacher in school.

A friend of Tyler's spoke of the affection Giuliano felt for the boy.

"He just cared so much. Tyler was such a great boy, he couldn’t just leave him."

He added that he and his friends were shocked to hear that Tyler was involved in a home invasion.

"We didn’t understand why Tyler was out," the friend said. "It’s just weird. He wasn’t a delinquent or anything. He was always happy and outgoing. This just makes no sense at all."

Giuliano was not charged with any crime.

Sources: WTOL, Fox News, New York Post / Photo Credit: Max Pixel, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office via Fox News, Danbury News-Times via New York Daily News

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