San Dimas man who shot and killed brother sought by police: LASD

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is looking for Joseph Dambra in connection with a murder, the department announced Thursday.

Dambra, 62, used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot and kill his older brother, Richard Dambra, in the 200 block of South Valley Center Avenue in San Dimas on shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, LASD Lt. Brandon Dean said in a Thursday press conference.

Dean credited the shooting to “internal problems within the family,” but declined to “get into specifics” other than to say that Richard Dambra, 68, is a Florida resident who was in San Dimas visiting his mother when Joseph Dambra arrived at a family member’s home on South Valley Center Drive.

Joseph Dambra’s visit turned contentious very soon after his arrival and it culminated with the shooting of Richard Dambra, Dean said.

Joseph Dambra then left the relative’s home, and a few minutes later, he shot into the unoccupied car of another of his brothers in the 500 block of East Allen Avenue, Dean added.

“We believe he went to that second location specifically looking for that other brother, intending to shoot him as well,” Dean said.

Joseph Dambra, seen in this undated photo, is believed to be driving a 2016 Ducati motorcycle with the California license plate number 24T1111. (LASD)

Dambra is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 215 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair and a beard, police added.

Dambra has nothing in his criminal history that’s “extremely violent” or “would lead you to believe he’d do something like this,” but he’s considered armed and dangerous, Dean said.

Dambra was last seen near the northbound 15 Freeway and the 210 Freeway driving a red and white 2016 Ducati motorcycle with the California license plate number 24T1111, according to the LASD.

“We have no reason to believe that he’s a threat toward any random community member. That being said, nobody should approach him, and they should use extreme caution if they see him and immediately call your local law enforcement agency and report his whereabouts,” Dean said.

Anyone with information can call Detective S. Blagg or Sgt. V. Choi at 323-890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit


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