Armed standoff between tribal factions in Central California casino

Armed standoff between tribal factions in Central California casino

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A federal judge closed a Central California casino after an armed showdown between tribal factions caused many gamblers to flee with chips left on the tables.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill, acting on an emergency request by the state attorney general, set no date for the possible reopening of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, about 40 miles north of Fresno, The Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1syCiKE ). …

A faction that was forced out of the casino to a nearby tribal business center in August returned Thursday night. According to the gaming commission, each faction controlled different parts of the casino and was unwilling to leave as Friday wore on.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said about 500 people fled the casino Thursday night. He said he worried for weeks about escalating tensions and had asked state and federal officials for help.

The sheriff’s department negotiated with about 20 armed members after the casino cleared, Anderson said. …

“When they move the war into the casino, it meant we had to stop this,” Anderson said. …

The casino and hotel were guarded by sheriff’s deputies on Friday.

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