Posted: 9:25 p.m.
Authorities have identified 19-year-old Matthew Sykora of Yuma as the teen who came across an armed homeowner in the middle of the night during a possible home invasion.
Yuma County Sheriff's deputies arrived to the home in the area of S. Avenue D and County 14th at 1:22 a.m. to find the Yuma teen dead from a single gunshot wound.
Sheriff deputies said the homeowner called 911 to report being woken up after hearing sounds in the home.
The homeowner has not been named.
Records show, this was not the teen's first time in trouble with the law; in January of 2012, Sykora was charged with felony counts of theft and fraudulent schemes.
But this time, the run-in was fatal.
Under Arizona's criminal code (13-405), it is legal to use physical or deadly force against another in self-defense.
The law states, "A person is justified in threatening or using deadly physical force against another: When...deadly physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly physical force."
"I think I would've done the same--shot the intruder if he came in the house," neighbor Cesar Chavez told News 11 Monday.
News 11 was present Monday morning as authorities investigated the crime scene.
A white car was being towed from the home's property. The car did not belong to the family, according to YCSO.
However, the homeowner told investigators he did not know Sykora.
No one has been arrested in this case.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, you're asked to call YCSO at (928) 783-4427.