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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.

  • Yosemite_06-02-09_043_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "Career criminal" - A title that should not exist. This reminds me of all of the rap sheets I printed out that had 30 pages listing hundreds of arrests, and yet the scum was still a free man. The thin blue line is overwhelmed by all vermin that are allowed to remain free because the ignorant politicians and cumbaya singers don't want to allow overcrowded prisons. I say, stuff them in there until they have to sleep standing up!!!
    These officers would be alive today if the "career criminals" were where they should have been a long time ago. It makes me sick......
    My sympathy and condolences to the families, loved ones, friends, and fellow LEO's of these officers. RIP

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    so terribly sad. My prayers go out to the families of the fallen officers. Rest in peace.

  • Img_0561_max50


    over 3 years ago


    In my honest opinion something should be done with all these out of control situations with criminals not respecting authority the deaths of police officers should stop whats wrong with these laws and judicial system there must be a STOP ...

  • New_unit_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The questions being asked about the "evil" today and "when will this end". We all know the answer to those questions and the answer to those questions is why we put the uniform on, lace up the boots, strap on the duty belt and leave the comfort of our homes, family and friends. We answer the call, knowing full well, that some day we may be called on to give all; like our fallen comrades, in our stand against this evil in all of its overt and covert forms. It this difficult and trying time may the familes friends and comrades of these fallen heros find some peace and comfort that this sacrifice was not made in vain

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    God Bless and keep the families of these two Officers. I am glad that they managed to kill the suspect at least.
    Now AFTER we mourn and bury our own we need to go back and go through the entire event and see if there is something else that could have been done that could have saved the life of these two Officers. NO recriminations, just objective thinking to help prevent this from happening again.
    Yes this is a very bad area of Miami and this area needs to be stomped on very hard to remove the vermin that terrorizes that area.

  • Idf_soldier_and_kittyimage2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A Federal Warrant? Where was the FBI or US Marshals service?

  • Carbon_1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. May God be with the families of the deceased during this time of grief.

  • Img_0672_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am really sad to read this. Why so many good LEO's have to die. Them criminals should not be treated as humans no more, world is getting crazy!!

    Rip officers

  • Gangster_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is the department I retired from in 1986 and was serving the Waraants Bureau at that time. The area where they were serving the warant is the area that is not far from where the First 48 films a majority of the episodes that happen in Miami-Dade. The area was crime ridden and dangeous then for both citizens and LEO when I retired. THis is the Liberty City area and not tofar from the area called the "Pork and Beans" referred to in the First 48 program. When I served there we had other incidents over the years that involved multiple officers be killed. The worst was 3 at one time from the Auto Theft bureau and they we killed in an operation on Miami Beach looking for a subject. The Director there is a great gy and just took over the department not to long ago and came up through the ranks. Watch his interview on WSVN 7 out of Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. He calls the subject evil and he is right .As LEO we meet evil face to face everyday at varying levels, this subject was at the upper end. All officer deaths grieve me,this incident grieves my heart more so because of my ties to the area and knowing the enviroment these officers pollice in day to day. This just terrible reality of what can happen as we serve, and as a Chaplain I pray for the the safety of officers through out the US.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    When is this madness going to end!!!??? Already since the 1st of January almost a dozen officers have died at the hands of criminals. So the pendulum has swung so far over that career criminals get released back onto the streets with no conscience and the kill and maim at will. I am so tired of seeing my brethren die so needlessly. Be safe my friends and please be careful!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    And the question is, "Why were 'career criminals' allowed out to committ more crimes? None in authority will want to touch that (or they might just blame it on Bush). I don't even want to read the drivel comments being made by the cop-haters in Miami when too of their own "gave all."

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    This is terrible news. Without all the facts I am still wondering how the hell this was allowed to happen.

  • 101_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace

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