CBP releases statement about man fatally shot by agents

One dead in a shooting involving Border Patrol in Meneger's Dam on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
One dead in a shooting involving Border Patrol in Meneger's Dam on the Tohono O'odham Nation.(MGN)
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 3:58 PM MST|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 8:11 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - A man was fatally shot by Customs and Border Protection agents near Lukeville late Thursday, May 18.

The Tohono O’odham Nation confirmed tribal member Raymond Mattia was killed in the shooting at Meneger’s Dam Village, which is near the U.S.-Mexico border.

CBP confirmed at least three agents fired their weapons during the incident but did not say how many times Mattia was hit.

According to CBP, the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department requested help to respond to a shots-fired call west of the village around 9 p.m.

The officer and agents then drove to Mattia’s home and found him outside.

CBP said Mattia allegedly threw something at the officer and was shot when he “abruptly extended his right arm away from his body.”

Agents began CPR on Mattia and called for medical help but were unable to detect a pulse.

CBP said medical helicopters were grounded due to severe weather in the area and so an “emergency medical technician on scene telephonically contacted a physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson.”

Mattia still did not have a pulse so the St. Mary’s doctor pronounced him dead.

The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office is doing an autopsy and 13 News has filed a request for that report.

The CBP said at least 10 agents activated their body cams during the incident and said it will release the video “as soon as is appropriate to do so without impacting the ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

The shooting is under investigation by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI and Tohono O’odham Police Department.

The agents have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard for fatal shootings involving law enforcement.

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