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Chukchansi Tribe thanks officers for arresting armed casino patron




Donald Pisano was arrested at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, California, on May 3, 2017. Photo: Madera County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in California arrested an armed patron at the casino owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians.

Security staff at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino alerted the Madera County Sheriff's Office early Wednesday morning after a patron threatened to shoot someone, according to a press release. Donald Pisano, 21, was apparently upset that coffee had been spilled on him.

Officers arrived and, after a struggle, apprehended Pisano, who was carrying a handgun. A search of his vehicle, which was in the casino parking lot, also turned up a loaded rifle, according to press release. He's now facing five charges.

"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," Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales said in a statement, The Sierra Star reported. "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."

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