Some spilled coffee leads to the arrest of an armed casino patron

Coarsegold, Calif. - After a struggle with deputies, an armed patron was arrested at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.

Casino security contacted the Madera County Sheriff's Office around 6:14 Wednesday morning.  They told deputies that a patron in the casino displayed a handgun.  It was reported that 21-year-old Donald Pisano told an employee that someone had spilled coffee on him and he almost shot the person.

Four deputies responded to the casino and located the Madera man walking on the gaming floor.  Deputies ordered him several times - at gunpoint - to stop walking and show his hands.  He refused to stop and deputies ended up tackling him to the floor.  He fought with them and was eventually handcuffed.

Deputies say they removed a handgun from Pisano's pocket.  They later found out the gun had been stolen from a vehicle in Fresno in August of 2016.  Deputies also found Pisano's vehicle in the casino parking lot and spotted a rifle inside.  The obtained a search warrant and found that the rifle was loaded with a round in the chamber.

Chukchansi Tribal Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales issued a statement.  It says in part...

"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."

Pisano was booked into the Madera County jail and is facing charges that include Battery on a peace officer, Possession of a concealed, stolen firearm and Armed in commission of a felony.


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