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Police Shoot & Kill 58-year-old Raymond Mattia On Tribal Land

Tucson, Arizona — On May 18th, around 9:04 p.m., the Ajo Border Patrol Station received a request for assistance from the Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department regarding a shots fired incident near the Menagers Dam Village.

The US Border Patrol Tucson Sector Tactical Operations Center relayed the request to the Ajo Border Patrol Station. In response, several Border Patrol agents acknowledged the call and gathered at the local recreation center as instructed by the police department. They coordinated with the officers and received additional information about the incident.

Following the briefing, agents accompanied the police officer to the location where the shots had been reported. Traveling in their government vehicles, they followed the officer for approximately two minutes and seventeen seconds until they arrived and parked near the residence of the individual involved. Agents and the police officer then spread out to search for the man.

During the search, the officer and agents encountered a 58-year-old man named Raymond Mattia approximately 103 meters northwest of their parked vehicles. As they approached, Mattia threw an object towards the officer, which landed near the officer’s feet.

In a sudden and threatening motion, Mattia extended his right arm away from his body, prompting three agents to discharge their service weapons, striking Mattia multiple times. He fell to the ground, and the officer and agents cautiously approached him.

The agents immediately reported the shots fired over the service radio. They continued to approach Mattia, secured him, and assessed his condition. Unable to detect a pulse, they began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and requested emergency medical services.

Unfortunately, air life medical evacuation was unavailable due to inclement weather, so the agents contacted a physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson for guidance. Despite their efforts and the continuous administration of CPR, Mattia remained unresponsive.

On June 23rd, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner released the autopsy and toxicology report for Raymond Mattia. The autopsy revealed that Mattia had sustained nine gunshot wounds, with a bullet grazing his right hand and causing a shrapnel injury to his forearm.

The toxicology report indicated the presence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol content of .185, as well as the presence of methamphetamine and oxycodone in his system.

Please note that the above account summarizes the events based on available information and official reports. Any further developments or updates may alter the understanding of the incident.


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