Raymond Mattia, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, was fatally shot by border patrol agents on his reservation in Southern Arizona.
According to KVOA, Raymond Mattia called U.S. Border Patrol agents after discovering that illegal immigrants were trespassing in his yard.
A family member told KVOA Raymond “called to request for assistance because there were multiple illegal immigrants who had trespassed into his yard and he wanted assistance getting them out of his property.”
According to the same family member who asked not to be identified, when Border Patrol agents arrived at the scene, Raymond Mattia exited his home and was fatally shot shortly after.
“I keep hearing the gunshots and I can’t get over it…It’s very sad just to know who they were shooting at you know,” she said.
Currently, Federal Customs and Border Protection officials have confirmed that the fatal shooting did occur. However, they have not disclosed any additional information and are still investigating the incident.
As reported by The Guardian:
Federal Customs and Border Protection officials said agents from the Ajo border patrol station “were involved” in a fatal shooting on the Tohono O’odham reservation near Ajo at about 10pm on Thursday.
Tribal chairman Ned Norris Jr said in a statement on Sunday that the shooting occurred in the Meneger’s Dam community of the Tohono O’odham Nation and identified the victim.
Tucson TV station KVOA reported that Mattia had called the border patrol because there were multiple migrants who had trespassed into his yard, and he wanted assistance getting them off of his property.
Videos and specific details of the incident have not been made public at this time.
However, it appears that the situation at the Southern Border seems to be a lose-lose scenario.