The FBI and Tohono O’odham Nation police are investigating the fatal shooting of a tribe member in southern Arizona by US border patrol officials.
Agents from the Ajo border patrol station “were involved” in a deadly shooting on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Ajo at 10 p.m. Thursday, according to federal Customs and Border Protection officials.
They haven’t disclosed anything other than to say the interaction is being investigated by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of professional responsibility, which looks into fatal shootings by officers, among other things.
Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr announced in a statement on Sunday that the shooting occurred in the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Meneger’s Dam neighborhood and named the victim.
“Nation member Raymond Mattia lost his life in the incident,” Norris stated. “During this difficult time, our hearts go out to his family and all those [affected].”
“As the investigation continues, the Nation anticipates full consideration of all relevant facts of the incident, as well as an appropriate and timely response from relevant public safety agencies.” We will refrain from making further remarks at this time while the inquiry is continuing.”
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According to Tucson TV station KVOA, Mattia called the border patrol because many migrants had trespassed into his yard, and needed help getting them off his land.
Meneger’s Dam is just a few miles from the US-Mexico border, where the Covid-19 asylum limits known as Title 42 expired less than a week before the massacre.
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A rush to the wall before Title 42 expired and new, possibly stronger immigration regulations took effect put extreme strain on areas along the border between the two counties.
Mattia’s family told them that when he noticed the agents, he went outside, and for an unclear reason, they shot him.
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