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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) Earlier this week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office made a decision to not prosecute Border Patrol Agents in the death of Raymond Mattia, a member of the Tohono Oodham Nation, according to the Mattia family’s attorney Ryan Stitt.

In a statement Friday, Verlon Jose and Carla JohnsonChair and Vice Chair of the Tohono Oodham Nationreleased a statement decrying the U.S. Attorney’s decision, citing bodycam footage released by Customs and Border Protection as sufficient evidence for a trial.

Border Patrol Agents, reportedly responding to reports of gunfire, were captured on body camera shooting Mattia multiple times, ultimately killing him outside his home on the reservation east of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument back in May, reports say.

Stitt told KGUN 9 earlier this week that not all details of the case have been released by the U.S. government to the Tohono O’odham Nation nor to the family.

“The U.S. Attorneys Office acknowledged that the Border Patrol agents made statements to the FBI, but they refused to reveal the details of those statements. And they further refused to answer the familys questions stating that the meeting was not the appropriate time,” Stitt said in a statement.

Jose and Johnson say in the statement they plan to pursue further action related to the case, and indicated they may choose to take legal action or request Congressional inquiries for additional answers in Mattia’s case.

“Members of the Tohono Oodham Nation should not have to worry that their lives could be randomly cut short by federal agents acting on Tohono Oodham sovereign land,” reads the statement. “In Mr. Mattias case, he was not only on Oodham land, but at his own home, and defenseless.”

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Days following the shooting in May, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-7) urged Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to limit the involvement of CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility in reviewing the case.


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