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Two Miami-Dade Officers Killed Serving Federal Warrant

Two Miami-Dade Officers Killed Serving Federal Warrant

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The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

January 20, 2011

MIAMI — A shootout erupted yesterday in Miami as a team of heavily armed law enforcement agents tried to serve a murder warrant, leaving two officers and a suspect dead, authorities said.

Miami-Dade police director James Loftus said 21-year veteran Roger Castillo had been shot once and died at the scene. Amanda Haworth, a 23-year veteran, was taken to a hospital and later died from several gunshot wounds. Officer Oscar Placencia shot and killed the suspect, 22-year-old Johnny Simms, who was armed with a handgun, Loftus said.

A squad from the warrants division was serving a summons for first-degree murder to Simms in the Liberty City neighborhood. Officers knew Simms, who has a lengthy criminal record, was inside the home and told him to come out, Loftus said.

All the officers were wearing body armor and had clear police identification on them, Loftus said.

Simms was wanted for his involvement in an October 2010 killing, Loftus said.

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MIAMI-DADE, FL – Two Miami-Dade police officers were shot and killed in a gunfight with suspects as they tried to serve a warrant for a violent fugitive in a Miami home Thursday morning. It was the first time in decades two law enforcement officers had been killed in the line of duty.

The dead male officer was identified as Roger Castillo. The female officer was tentatively identified as Amanda Haworth.

One suspect was killed in the gun battle. Another suspect is in custody, said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

Investigators say they’re not looking for any other suspects.

“We’re asking for the community’s prayers,’’ said Commander Nancy Perez, who broke down when she announced the news shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Details were sketchy, but this much was known: The shooting erupted between suspects and police at a home near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 69th Street.

Castillo died at the scene. The female officer died in surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Authorities shut down traffic on Interstate 95, as several other suspects reportedly fled the scene. Aerial helicopter shots showed two bodies covered, one under a blue tarp and another under a yellow tarp. Miami Fire Rescue transported two people about 11:20 a.m.

A multiple agency task force was working in the area serving a warrant for the city of Miami. At a County Commission meeting early Thursday, Commission Chair Joe Martinez announced that the county had lost one officer and a second had been airlifted to JMH.

Martinez said officers were serving a warrant on "career criminals’’ when the shooting occurred. Nearby schools were put on lockdown, including Thena Crowder Elementary School, 757 NW 66th St., and Little River Elementary School, 514 NW 77th St.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    My condolences to the families of the officers and to the members of their Police Department,

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Easy policeryan, I believe that they are speaking locally for the Miami Metro-Date Police Department only.

  • Img_0003_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This continued tragedy that is happening to us has got to stop. We have to take our streets back. RIP Officers. As many of you know our department just burried one of our own and the miami dade agency is one county over, so these are hitting close to home.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Two decades for Miami- Dade.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    Officer Roger Castillo and Officer Amanda Haworth, May you rest in peace, in the loving outstretched arms of your Savior, who welcomed you home and will lead you to the presence of your Father who is in Heaven, where you will hear the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servants, Well done."

    snhadley: I, along with many other brothers and sisters from across the nation, send our sincere condolences as you and your fellow officers of the MMD struggle to make sense out of this tragedy. May your hearts be lifted up and your burden lightened and may God grant you peace and the strength to continue moving forward. May you always have in your hearts and cherish the memories that you have now been left with and to always remember Officers Castillo and Haworth.

  • Marvin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    GOD bless and keep those officers. May he watch over their families, both immediate and LEO family.

  • Iphone_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    " It was the first time in decades two law enforcement officers had been killed in the line of duty." that makes no sense what about the lakewood officers, RIP officers

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P., Officers!!!! Condolences to both Families and the Law Enforcement Agencies!!!

  • Dsc03481_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Very sad. R.I.P. Officers. May god be with your families and friends through this sad time. Also may God be with the Department as well.

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    over 3 years ago



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    over 3 years ago

    Lord -- 10 officers in the first 20 days of the year. Let's be praying for Roger's and Amanda's families -- both natural and law enforcement. Extra caution folks...the enemy is afoot.
    Det. Sgt. M.C. Williams

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    Was supposed to be a "simple" combined OP to serve a Homicide Arrest Warrant.
    Goes to show there no such thing.
    Everyone was hoping she'll make it, unfortunately she didn't.
    The suspect is dead, I am glad the community is safer today thanks to the actions of these heros.
    R.I.P. Brother and Sister.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the two brave officers. Although the story doesn't elaborate, I would venture to bet that these "violent fugitives" have been through the criminal justice system many times in the past and undoubtedly should have been locked up before and kept there.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace with our Father, praying for thr family, now their pain begins. Gosh why was guns invented?

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