Report: PBSO settles lawsuit in mentally ill Boynton teen’s death

The family of slain suburban Boynton Beach teen Michael Camberdella is settling its wrongful death lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, WPBF Channel 25 reported Tuesday night.

The settlement will pay the family more than $1 million, according to the WPBF report.

Camberdella, 18, was shot and killed in October 2012 during a confrontation with Deputy William Goldstein at the family’s home in the Verona Lakes community west of the city. Goldstein fired 11 shots, one of which fatally wounded the teen.

According to investigators, the deputy came to the house after receiving reports that the teen — whose family said he suffered from mental-health issues and had stopped taking his medication — had become aggressive and was threatening his mother.

Investigators say Camberdella was armed with hedge shears and a hammer, which he dropped. However, he began to throw what turned out to be lava rocks at the deputy, according to investigators. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office cleared Goldstein of criminal charges, ruling that, as the events were unfolding, there was no way for the deputy to determine whether Camberdella was throwing rocks or some other weapon.

The lawsuit alleged that Goldstein responded with excessive force. Camberdella’s mother, Linda Camberdella, said that deputies had been able to help her calm Michael down in previous situations.

In August, an appeals court rejected a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying there was sufficient evidence to support the claim that Camberdella “was neither resisting nor fleeing and no longer posed a risk of harm to Deputy Goldstein or the public.”

 

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