Michael Camberdella wrongful death suit filed by teen's family against sheriff's office

Teen killed in a deputy-involved shooting

The family of a Boynton Beach teen, who was killed in a deputy-involved shooting last year, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

18-year-old Michael Camberdella was shot and killed by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy William Goldstein on Oct. 4, 2012 after investigators said the teen threatened the deputy's life with a hammer and hedge shears.

Deputy Goldstein was responding to a domestic disturbance call.

According to the sheriff's office,  the deputy asked Camberdella to drop the items and get down. But the deputy says he was not compliant.

However, a letter from the state attorney's office says the teen did drop the items but did not obey orders to get on the ground.

In the letter after investigating the case the state attorney said that Camberdella reached into his waistband, pulled his arm back and that deputy Goldstein saw an object flying towards him, later determined to be four lava rocks.

The letter says Camberdella began advancing despite orders to stop.

The letter said there was little doubt the deputy 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.

Thursday Camberdella's family said it filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the sheriff's office.

"My son had a kind heart and didn't deserve to get killed," Irving Camberdella, Michael's father, said.

Camberdella family attorney Sean Domnick said, "He (the deputy) fired 11 shots at this boy in his front yard hitting him with one. This was not a case where deadly force was necessary."

Deputy William Goldstein was cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to patrol duties.

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