UPDATE (9:30 p.m.) – The sheriff’s office has identified the man killed in the shooting as 37-year-old Jose Guido of Santa Barbara. His family has been notified.
Detectives say they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
A man was killed in a shooting with a casino security guard Tuesday morning, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Kelly Hoover, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, says an unknown incident led an on-duty security guard and another man into the parking structure near the Chumash Casino Resort, located on the 3400 block of E. Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, around 2:15 a.m.
The events leading up to the shooting are unclear.
The sheriff’s office says one man was shot and died on scene. His identity will be released after his family is notified.
So far, Hoover says the security guard who shot the man was not arrested. It is unknown if he will be charged in the future.
“The sheriff’s criminal investigation division is on scene with our forensics team and they are processing the scene they’re conducting interviews and trying to determine exactly what occurred what led up to this incident,” Hoover told KSBY.
The security guard’s identity will not be released at this time, according to the sheriff’s office.
Some Santa Ynez residents say they aren’t surprised about the events that unfolded.
“I knew something like this would happen sooner or later," said Byron Johnson. "It’s kind of a crazy place; I don’t go there very often myself (and) I’ve lived in the valley my whole life. It’s just hectic down there. It’s causing more crime in the valley down here in general.”
Chumash Casino Resort chose not to comment on the matter at this time, nor have they released any information on who carries a gun and in which areas of the casino.
American Medical Response, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol all responded with the county sheriff’s office as well.
This is the interview with Hoover on our Facebook page:
— Megan Abundis (@meganrabundis) February 20, 2018