Early Friday morning, Yuma police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired in the 500 block of East Country Club Drive.
"After searching [officers] heard of a individual who had a gunshot wound," said Officer Joe Franklin of the Yuma Police Department.
Investigators say a resident shot a man after he allegedly attempted to break into the yard of the home.
Less than three weeks ago, Michael Sykora, 19, died after police say he broke into a house through the doggy door. The home owner shot him.
That incident left neighbors on edge... Saying they would also defend themselves against an intruder.
"[I would have] shot the intruder if he came in the house,” said Cesar Chavez, a Yuma resident.
A woman who lives near where Friday's shooting happened told News 11 anonymously she is a gun owner, and that she would do what it takes to protect herself and her daughter.
Franklin urges Yumans not to resort to violence, but reminds the public they have a right to protect themselves
. "I'm not recommending anybody shoot anybody by any means,” advised Franklin. “However if you are in danger, every person has to do what they feel is necessary to protect themselves and their family.”
The case is under investigation. Anyone with information should call YPA or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.