Homeowner who fatally shot teen during break-in still not cleare


Homeowner who fatally shot teen during break-in still not cleared

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - It's been five days since a homeowner shot and killed a 19-year old-man who broke into his home in the middle of the night.

However, Yuma County Sheriff deputies investigating the case have yet to clear the homeowner of any wrong doing, despite a state law that protects homeowners when using deadly force.

Deputies said the homeowner whose name has not been released is not facing any criminal charges at this time.

Deputies said they are still trying to get answers from people who may know where Matthew Sykora was before he broke into the house and was shot and killed.

YCSO said it's standard procedure to investigate every shooting as a homicide.

Once deputies conclude their investigation, they hand over the case to the state prosecutor's office who will then decide if self defense was in fact justified in this case.

"At this time we don't have anything to charge the homeowner with. We're still waiting on a toxicology report for Mr. Sykora that can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks," said Alfonso Zavala of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office said.

"So the investigation is still open until we receive all the information and is sent over to the county attorney."

No word yet on how long it will take for the state prosecutor to get the case and decide whether it was self defense or not.

Investigators continue to ask anyone with information to come forward.