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Two Miami-Dade Officers Killed Serving Federal Warrant

Two Miami-Dade Officers Killed Serving Federal Warrant

Aerial of shooting scene

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.

Previous Coverage:

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.


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    ppupatrol

    over 3 years ago

    442 Comments

    RIP Brother and Sister..Prayers to family, Department, and community

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I have lost many friends in the military and on this job. Amanda was a good friend and comrade in arms! All I have of her was the good times kicking in doors and chasing POS's down. She and Roger will be sorely missed. I spoke with Amanda two days ago about helping her track a different homicide subject. I told her I would get bacck to her after I checked a few things out. I called her back and she said disregard I got the POS in custody! Amanda, was a true warrior and was what every cop should be! Rest in Peace, Amanda! You are and will never be forgotten! Thank you for your friendship and the knowledge you gave me to sucessfully track the scum of the earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    markdewdney

    over 3 years ago

    174 Comments

    From Toronto, where we recently suffered the loss of Sergeant Ryan Russell, we extend the hand across the continent to Miami, where our hearts, thoughts and souls are now with the Castillo & Haworth families.

    Though we met you not, we know you, and will recognize you when we see you again.

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    redux27

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Too many of our fellow officers paying the price this year. This is getting ridiculous. RIP

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    RIP

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    USAFE7

    over 3 years ago

    2516 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Castillo ad Officer Haworth.

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    DocThomas

    over 3 years ago

    2122 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    Bury

    over 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    Too sad!!

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    NYPDALT

    over 3 years ago

    3130 Comments

    RIP and prayers for both families. Speedy recovery to the third officer. My deepest condolences to the Miami-Dade Police

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    fnmurphy

    over 3 years ago

    234 Comments

    R.I.P.

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    184retired

    over 3 years ago

    3806 Comments

    RIP. What a terrible start to 2011

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    TPD327

    over 3 years ago

    396 Comments

    Rest in Peace. Too many officers paying the ultimate price this year.

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    Chief171

    over 3 years ago

    3192 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP brother and sister

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    LoraApking

    over 3 years ago

    1352 Comments

    RIP....friends and families are in my thoughts and prayers

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