Joshua Imber

At 8:24 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department responded to 911 calls from the 5800 block of West 2nd Street where multiple gunshots had been heard in the area and a vehicle was heard speeding away after the shots.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies located the 38-year-old Charles Dynes lying in a driveway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. Dynes was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Department Detectives later located the suspect, Joshua Imber, driving a vehicle near the area of Corning, California where they attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Imber failed to stop for officers and led them in a pursuit ending near southbound Interstate 5 at County Road 20, where Imber was taken into custody.


The murder weapon was found in Imber’s car.

Imber was transported back to Sacramento and booked for attempted murder.

It was revealed during the trial that Imber had told his ex-girlfriend that he was contemplating suicide and made a remark about shooting her new boyfriend, Mr. Dynes.  Shortly thereafter, Imber went to his ex-girlfriend’s house with a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

Imber encountered Mr. Dynes in the driveway of his ex-girlfriend’s home and shot seven rounds at him. Mr. Dynes was struck multiple times, including a fatal wound to his head.

On October 23, 2020, Joshua Imber was convicted for the first-degree murder of Charles Dynes. Imber pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Court also found that Imber has a prior 2000 strike conviction for reckless discharge of a firearm.

Imber faces a maximum potential sentence of 81 years and 4 months to life in prison.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 15, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 22.