Man Killed by Security Guard at Chumash Casino

Early-Morning Shooting Under Investigation

[Update: Wednesday, 7 a.m.]: The Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the man fatally shot by a Chumash Casino Resort security guard early Tuesday morning. Thirty-seven-year-old Jose Guido of Santa Barbara died at the scene.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the department received calls just after 2 Tuesday morning of an altercation between two casino security guards and a man. When deputies responded they learned “multiple shots” had been fired outside of the parking garage at the casino.

The casino is located on Highway 246 in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is open 24/7.

The Sheriff’s Office declined to release further details, including the identities of the two security guards.

[Original report]: A man was shot and killed by a security guard at the Chumash Casino Resort early Tuesday morning. According to Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover, the shooting occurred at about 2:15 a.m. outside a parking garage at the casino. The security guard, employed by the Chumash Tribe, is not believed to be a suspect, Hoover said.

There is no risk to public safety,” Hoover said, adding that the incident is “under investigation.”

Authorities have not released many details, including the identity of the victim and whether or not he was armed. Little has also been released about the shooter.

Hoover said deputies responded quickly after the 9-1-1 call came in. Deputies patrol the Chumash reservation and were nearby, she added, noting that there were not many people around at the time of the crime.

As of Tuesday morning, the body was still at the scene, Hoover said. The crime scene was reportedly covered in a large amount of blood because the victim “bled out.”

Tribe spokesperson Veronica Sandoval declined to comment on the “ongoing investigation.”

In 2015, a construction worker died at the casino after falling several floors from scaffolding.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

News Commentary: Death Penalty Shouts and Whispers

Governor's reprieve has little effect in Santa Barbara, except in the Han case.

Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say ‘No’

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Bullet Holes Found in Goleta Barbershop Window

Public's help requested in shooting investigation.

Free Emergency Response Training

The Independent is hosting a CERT class with County Fire's Mike Eliason.

Investigators Say Edison Power Lines Sparked Thomas Fire

The utility is pushing back, claiming officials mishandled and ignored evidence.