Update on 19-year-old intruder shot and killed by Yuma homeowner


Update on 19-year-old intruder shot and killed by Yuma homeowner


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Deputies have identified the 19-year-old intruder who was shot and killed by a homeowner early Sunday morning.

Sheriff's investigators say Matthew Sykora of Yuma, died from a single gunshot wound.

They tell 13 On Your Side the homeowner, whose name has not been released, did not know Sykora.

State law says homeowners have the right to defend themselves, even with deadly force, if they feel they are in danger.

According to Yuma County Sheriff's, the homeowner told them he was asleep downstairs when he was awakened after hearing someone making noise upstairs.

Deputies believe the 19-year-old may have entered the home through a doggie door.

They say the homeowner—armed with a gun—went upstairs to check where the noise was coming from. That's when he confronted Sykora.

The homeowner then fired a deadly shot.

The Sheriff's Office tells 13 On Your Side a car was towed from the household, which they believe belongs to Sykora.

They are trying to figure out if anyone else was involved.

Roxanne Meyer with the Sheriff's Office says the homeowner does not face charges at this time.

However, as standard practice, investigators are still trying to determine whether the deadly shooting is justified as self-defense.

Right now, the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have been with Sykora prior to his deadly shooting to call them at (928) 783-4427 so they can determine his motive for targeting the house he broke into.

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