Border Patrol shot Tohono O'odham member 38 times outside his home, report says

Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector regularly rescue migrants in distress along the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, two rugged and remote areas in Yuma County.

A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation was fatally shot on May 18 by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Lukeville.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the Meneger's Dam community of the Tohono O'odham Nation, which is about a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agents from the Ajo Border Patrol Station were involved in the shooting while assisting the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The FBI and the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department are investigating the shooting, according to Customs and Border Protection. Tribal chairperson Ned Norris Jr. identified the dead man as Raymond Mattia.

“Our hearts go out to his family and all those impacted during this difficult time," Norris Jr. said Saturday in a written statement. "As the investigation proceeds, the Nation expects full consideration of all related facts of the incident and an appropriate and expeditious response from relevant public safety agencies.”

Mattia was 2 feet from his front door when he was shot approximately 38 times, according to Tucson TV station KVOA. Mattia had called the Border Patrol because he had multiple migrants trespassing in his yard and he wanted help getting them off his property, KVOA reported.

The shooting happened in the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which has the highest number of use-of-force incidents across the agency, with 158 incidents reported so far in fiscal year 2023, according to CBP data.

In March, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a U.S. citizen near Sasabe after a vehicle chase. The shooting was ruled a homicide by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Tohono O'odham Nation will refrain from commenting further because the investigation is ongoing, Norris Jr. added.

The shooting is under review by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

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