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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.

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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    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    Rip Brother and Sister, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Bump! Robocop33! But that will never happen! Not here! I work these mean streets and every time something like this happens either to LE or the general public the rallying cry for justice and to reign these bastards in lasts as long as it takes to bury our brothers, sisters or citiizen.

    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!

    The cycle will end when we as a nation say STOP! I am ready, are you?

    Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, middle Eastern and all mixtures of each. You do the crime, you do the time. You kill, you die! When will the majority stop bowing to the minority! We are too worried about being called names instead of following Gods word! Now please keep the God bashing to a minimum, because you will have to answer for that and what you have to say about that means JACK SQUAT to me. That is where the solution to this problem lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP B & S

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    RIP Brother and Sister

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Sister

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    LisaBrazil

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    Tragic and senseless!! RIP...may The good Lord be with you, your families and friends.

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    Mcdonnal

    over 3 years ago

    386 Comments

    Bump, Bump, Bump, Sgtstriker. There should be no career criminals breathing free air. Rest in Peace, Brother and Sister, you are now in a far better place. You have done your duty well. May God in His mercy grant peace and comfort to your family and friends.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 3 years ago

    6948 Comments

    To all my fellow lawmen and brother and sisters that have expressed concern about me here in Miami, I am well and thank you much for your expressed concerns. Now to address this extremely sad and ugly event, who knows why the very best of us are taken away in such a violent manner....No one but GOD himself can answer such a question. The fallen Officers here were well trained and well experienced Officers, that were very much aware of the dangers that their particular assignment could bring. They died as HEROS and nothing less..!!! They were among the very best in the Miami, Dade County Sheriff Dept. I personally have worked alongside some of them, as our division is located directly across the street from some of their assigned details here in the Civic Center district in Miami. I did have the unfortunate occasion, to meet with and console with some of the Officers that responded to this incident. And i can tell you that they are a very close family. And they deserve and need your prayers, to deal with this sad and ugly event. Once again, anyone that sent to me a messege of concern, I dearly thank-you and I ask that your prayers be for the family and friends of the Miami Dade County Sheriff Department.....

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    gheil

    over 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers to the Officers and their families.

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    fpvpico30

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    i,am not a police officer but all my family are very sad,rest in peace detective castillo and amanda haworth.
    fernando. miami fl

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    securetexas

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    Rest in Peace, we have the watch...

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    BarbMarch58

    over 3 years ago

    114 Comments

    AMRAMHAKOHEN - I am wondering the very same thing. As a former prosecutor for the US Dept. of Justice, we had all legal process served by, usually the Federal Marshall Service, and sometimes by FBI agents. When a situation was deemed to be likely VERY dangerous, the FBI would usually be accompanied by a SWAT team and I can't remember if the Marshalls had a SWAT team back-up or if they took in 6-10 Marshalls. The only other event "competing" with this was the use of 500+ FBI agents (along with MANY additional Federal Law Enforcement Officials) participating in the Mob sting. That's a HUGE number of agents coming in from all over the country arriving about 1.5 to 2 days prior to the operation. I'm NOT EXCUSING the lack of Federal Officials - I'm just letting my mind develop a possible reason. But it doesn't erase one tear from the 2 immediate victims and the thousands of victims left to mourn.

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    SULLYMAN

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in Peace detective Haworth

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    SULLYMAN

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother

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