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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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    djlojak

    about 3 years ago

    200 Comments

    Unfortunately this never ends. Lets pray for their families.

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    Gombino

    about 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Rest in Peace. My prayers for your families and co-workers.

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother and Sister. The needle would be too good for this POS.

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    kimber4155

    about 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother and Sister....

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    Banks72

    about 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother and Sister. Our prayers are with the department and families of the fallen.

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    SgtJoe1350

    about 3 years ago

    24496 Comments

    May you Rest In Peace!!

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    t1401hm

    about 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    That's just terrible.

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    Sheridan608

    about 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    RIP officers Haworth and Castilo. You gave your all and now we have 2 less guardians here with us. Rest in the Lord and May the Father forever comfort you and take care of your family. We have the watch now, rest.

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    rafaelmorales

    about 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    RIP MY FELLOW BROTHER AND SISTER LEO..

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    chris2022

    about 3 years ago

    232 Comments

    RIP officers Haworth and Castillo. I hope they're 'treating' this suspect the way he deserves while he waits for his time infront of the judge.

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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, fallen HERO's taken from us by lowlife trash. May the Lord provide comfort to your families and friends. Your departments will pick up the remaining trash that is still at large so that justice may be served on them. Thanks to ECPD09 for the well thought out words and thoughts you expressed for these officers.

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    rsironron

    about 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Bump ECPD09, God Bless these 2 officers.

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    SERT0629

    about 3 years ago

    474 Comments

    ECPD09, Very Well Said. Surely The Greatest Comment Ever Left on Policelink....May God Be With The Family of These Two Brave Officers.

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    Hbryant188

    about 3 years ago

    594 Comments

    Sad day for Miami.

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    recon2819

    about 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    Prayer go out to the officers family, friends and fellow officers.

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