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A Native American man who called for assistance in getting illegal immigrants out of his yard on Indian land in southern Arizona is dead after a shooting by Border Patrol agents.
It is not clear what initiated the shooting, but a member of the Tohono O’odham Tribe was shot multiple times by his front door last Thursday night.
KVOA-TV identified the man as Raymond Mattia whose family said he called agents from Customs and Border Protection station located in nearby Ajo, Arizona.
A family member who did not wish to be identified by the outlet said Mattia discovered people on his lawn in the village of Menegers Dam, which is located just a few miles north of the border.
“He 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,” the family member said.
Once Border Patrol agents arrived, Mattia left his home to meet them and shots were heard, the family member said.
“I had heard all the gunshots like it was just a war. I just went into shock like I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” the person added.
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