Just after 6 a.m. this morning, Don Pisano, 21, entered the casino and walked up to an employee, saying that he “almost shot a tweaker” for spilling coffee on him, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
Pisano then reportedly showed the employee a handgun.
Mountain patrol deputies responded with lights and sirens to the location and made contact with Pisano on the casino floor. Pisano started walking away, refusing to follow orders.
One deputy then tackled the man, who reportedly began fighting. Four deputies moved in to get the man under control and cuffed, but he continued fighting even after he was handcuffed.
A loaded handgun was found in Pisano’s pocket, and he was placed under arrest and transported to the Madera County Department of Corrections, where he was booked on felony concealed weapon charges, felony loaded weapon in public, armed in the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, and battery on peace officer. He is being held on a $35,000 bond.
“The casino brings many good things to the community such as entertainment for locals, many great jobs, and good dining options,” said Sheriff’s Commander Tyson Pogue. “However, sometimes it impacts the surrounding community by attracting people who wouldn’t otherwise be there as was the case this morning. I’m just glad the deputies were able to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”
Chukchansi Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales issued this statement following the incident:
“An incident happened this morning at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino involving one of our patrons. Madera County Sheriffs were called and the patron is now in custody.
“The safety and security of our guests and employees is our first priority. We’d like to thank our security team for their composed, intelligent and immediate response. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the men and women of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office for their swift response and subsequent arrest of the Casino patron. The incident was safely resolved.
“We are working with the Sheriffs investigating the matter and will continue to collaborate with their office ensuring the continued safety of the Resort guests and employees.”