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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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    justmax

    about 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    RIP

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    justmax

    about 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Miami-Dade Schools Police Department
    SUBJECT: FUNERAL ARRANGMENTS FOR FALLEN MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS
    The funeral arrangements for the two fallen Miami-Dade Police Department officers have just been finalized.
    Viewing: Sunday, January 23, 2011
    1900-2300 hours
    Vista Memorial Gardens Funeral Home
    14200 NW 57th Avenue, Miami Lakes, Florida
    *Officer Castillo’s viewing will continue through Monday morning.
    Service: Monday, January 24, 2011
    1100 hours
    American Airlines Arena
    601Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida
    *The service will be for both officers.
    Interment: Vista Memorial
    14200 NW 57th Avenue, Miami Lakes, Florida
    *Immediately following service. Both officers will be laid to rest at this location.
    Repast: Sun Life Stadium
    2269 Dan Marino Boulevard
    Gate G – Club Level
    Miami Gardens, Florida
    Class A uniform with hat should be worn with mourning band over badge. Department vehicles should be cleaned and detailed. The Department’s Honor Guard will represent the agency at these event(s) as determined by Sergeant Howard Giraldo, North Operations/Honor Guard supervisor.
    All Miami-Dade Schools Police Department personnel, sworn and civilian are authorized to attend the viewing on Sunday, January 23, 2011. Staffing and providing uninterrupted police services throughout the District is a priority on Monday; therefore, only select personnel, with the appropriate Major’s authority, may attend.

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    BeachAngel

    about 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Condolences and prayers to both their families, friends and departments. RIP Brother and Sister.

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    KD4489

    about 3 years ago

    66 Comments

    R.I.P prayers go out to their familys and friends

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4950 Comments

    Bump snHadley
    The minority in everything runs this country and our lives! 2 SHEEP CAN KILL A WOLF IF THEY WORK TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Amen!

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    atr001

    about 3 years ago

    146 Comments

    R.I.P prayers go out to their familys and friends

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    boritico

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.S.

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    boritico

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    army55235

    about 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    RIP.

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    2386

    about 3 years ago

    248 Comments

    RIP

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    bobska

    about 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    RIP fallen hero's!!!!

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    BPAIZZY

    about 3 years ago

    406 Comments

    R.I.P Brother and Sister

    What a week, here in Miami!

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    mjwaite90

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    R.I.P Brother and Sister

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    BrooklynHillsCop

    about 3 years ago

    664 Comments

    "...Here in Miami-Dade the problem is the court system. The bandits are afraid of us but not the courts. They know the system will set them free unless they are assigned certain judges! Some judges do what is right but there are very few of them. Then it's back to cop bashing and the status quo! Until the next incident and the cycle begins again! .."

    EXACTLY... BUMP Brother!

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