Michael Camberdella case: Deputy who shot and killed 18-year-old in October cleared

SUBURBAN BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an 18-year-old in October has been cleared, according to the sheriff's office.

Michael Camberdella was shot and killed by PBSO deputy William Goldstein on Oct. 4 after investigators said the teen threatened the deputy's life with a hammer and hedge shears.

Deputy Goldstein has been back on patrol since October 15, 2012, the sheriff's office said.

Camberdella's family hired a team of lawyers in October to investigate the case.

"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," Richard Freedman, an attorney representing the Camberdella family, said in October.

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," attorney Harry Shevin said in October.

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.

It is a statement, Shevin criticized Bradshaw, 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.

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