Mother of woman killed in West Jordan home invasion says daughter didn't have to die

Makayla Yeaman was shot and killed Friday after a man found her in his West Jordan home. (Photo courtesy of LeeAnn Yeaman)

The mother of an intruder shot and killed by a homeowner in West Jordan believes her daughter didn’t need to die.

Makayla Yeaman, 23, was shot and killed at 5:30 a.m. on Friday after police say she broke into a home near 7600 South and 6800 West and confronted a homeowner.

Police say the homeowner was protecting his wife, child and mother, who were inside the home, when he grabbed his gun and went downstairs after hearing his garage door open and someone in the house.

“He found a female inside his home, there was some type of altercation, and he fired as least one shot,” said Officer Scott List with the West Jordan Police Department. “Obviously, a citizen of Utah has a right to defend his property.”

But Yeaman’s mother, LeeAnn, told 2News that her daughter was homeless, had a serious drug problem, and was probably just seeking shelter or food.

“I understand there are Second Amendment rights, but she is just a 100-pound girl that needed help," Yeaman said. "He screamed at her and then shot her — that doesn’t make sense to me. His family was never in danger. She probably had to go to the bathroom or was hungry or cold...she’s a beautiful young baby who is really sick.”

But some residents stand by their neighbor and the actions he took.

“I don’t think he had a choice," said Lisa Lee, a neighbor. "I think it’s really unfortunate that it happened, but if it were my house and with my kids inside, I wouldn’t hesitate."

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