SUBURBAN BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- The family of the 18-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy on Thursday has hired a team of lawyers to investigate the case.
Michael Camberdella was shot and killed by PBSO deputy William Goldstein, after investigators said Camberdella threatened the life of Goldstein with a hammer and hedge shears.
"At first I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe this officer came to their home and I know this young man, I just couldn't believe it," said Richard Freedman, an attorney representing the Camberdella family.
Freedman referred to the 911 calls made about a domestic disturbance that occurred outside the Camberdella residence in Suburban Boynton Beach.
Investigators said the deputy had no choice when Camberdella approached him and said Camberdella refused the orders of the deputy to back down.
"This was clearly excessive force and this was an unnecessary death that resulted where somebody should have been able to diffuse a difficult situation, but instead they compounded it," said Harry Shevin, an attorney representing the Camberdella family.
Shevin said Camberdella posed no threat. The Palm Beach Gardens attorney also said his investigation leads him to believe the deputy arrive on scene, guns blazing, with the attitude of "shoot first, ask questions later."
"The deputy took the action that he had to take to neutralize the threat to him and not only that, the people that were in the area because he was definitely a threat to the mother and other people," said Sheriff Ric Bradshaw shortly after the shooting on Thursday.
It is a statement Shevin criticized Bradshaw for making, and said the sheriff came to the defense of Goldstein before having all of the facts.
"We didn't hear anything from the sheriff that this was a tragedy and this family lost their child. The only thing we heard were these outrageous statements about Michael being a homicidal danger," said Shevin.
A lawsuit has yet to be filed according to Shevin, who said he and his team are waiting for the investigation to play out. Shevin said he will be closely watching the oversight by the state attorney's office.
When reached for comment on Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association did not respond.
A funeral for Michael Camberdella is schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Levitt Weinstein Memorial Chapel in Coconut Creek.