Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-44391

1:00 PM, May 28, 2013

Death - Homicide


Location of Incident: 14000 block of S. Avenue D, Somerton, AZ

The deceased subject in this case has been identified as Matthew Sykora, 19, of Yuma. The case remains under investigation. Detectives are currently seeking anyone with any information concerning the activities of Sykora on the night of the incident.

Information Released By: Capt. E. Bratcher


On 05-27-2013 at approximately 0122 hours, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 14000 block of S. Avenue D in reference to a report of a possible intruder inside the residence. Upon arrival, a 19-year old male was found deceased inside the residence with a single gunshot wound. Initial investigation at the scene indicated the homeowner was awoken by the sounds of a possible intruder inside the residence. The intruder was confronted by the homeowner, who was armed.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427.

The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Information Released By:  Sgt. Richard Meraz