Michael Camberdella: Deputy cleared in shooting death of Boynton Beach teen

Family of autistic teen says they will not rest

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Outrage from the family of a suburban Boynton Beach teenager after learning that the state attorney's office has decided no charges will be filed against the deputy who killed their son.

Michael Camberdella, 18, was shot in October after deputy William Goldstein arrived at their home to sort out a domestic violence call.

Sheriff's investigators say that Deputy Goldstein and Michael Camberdella were 22-feet apart when Camberdella fell to the ground, mortally wounded.

He was hit by a single bullet.

Eleven shots were fired by Deputy Goldstein.

"When Deputy Goldstein came out, He was supposed to be there to diffuse the situation. What is obvious, is he caused the situation to explode," said family attorney Harry Shevin.

The family is seizing on this statement by the sheriff, made hours after the Oct. 4th shooting.

"The deputy is asking him to drop the hammer and the shears, get on the ground, there's a non-compliant thing at that point, the guy is still moving towards him," said Bradshaw.

The letter we obtained today from State Attorney Dave Aronberg says that Camberdella did comply with the order to drop the weapons but that he did not obey orders to get down on the ground.

It says that Camberdella reached into his waistband, pulled his arm back and that Goldstein saw an object flying towards him, later determined to be four lava rocks.

It says Camberdella began advancing despite orders to stop.

Aronberg also says in his letter there was little doubt Goldstein feared for his life and that the deputy could not have determined if the next time Camberdella reached into his waistband, there would be a knife or firearm.

"That's a new story that we are now hearing," said Shevin. "Throwing a rock at someone is not punishable by death."

The state attorney's letter says that Deputy Goldstein told investigators that before the shooting, he knew Camberdella had already committed a felony by attacking his mother with a choke hold.

The letter says his mother allegedly told dispatchers that her son said he was going to hit a cop.

But Camberdella's mother also told dispatchers that her son was autistic, and that Deputy Goldstein should have used that information to handle the situation differently.

"The fact that all we have is memories and pictures, we are living in hell. We are living like we're dead inside," said Lisa Camberdella.

After the news conference, we asked to interview the sheriff's office and the state attorney.

PBSO said they stood behind Aronberg's letter, Aronberg did not immediately respond.

The family says they'll be filing suit and are hoping for an outside agency to investigate.

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