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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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  • Alex_453_max50

    alex82

    about 3 years ago

    2660 Comments

    ECPD9 Your words are great ! RIP My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and coworkers !

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    BarbMarch58

    about 3 years ago

    114 Comments

    Dedicated to Officer Roger Castillo & Officer Amanda Haworth:

    America is always referred to as “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” I think many of us have figured out that the United States is the Homeland of the free because of the few that are truly Brave.

    At times like this, it is so easy to ask ‘Why do those in Law Enforcement always have to be the brave ones?’ Why can’t average citizens be “brave” enough to get involved in their community, report suspicious conduct, open up honestly to officers who questions them about behavior they’ve witnessed in their neighborhood, be willing to cooperate with composite artists, and in this case – Why can’t a citizen of our country [who obviously feel entitled to NOT follow the RULES required of all citizens as spelled out in our Constitution] be “brave” enough to accept a court communication being delivered via proper legal process.

    We’ve raised a bunch of outright cowards in this country – the WWII Generation wouldn’t be proud, nor would many of their forefathers.

    This outrageous, unspeakable act of violence today marks January 20th, coincidentally the day that every 4 years allows the peaceful passage of presidency in the most powerful country in the world, as a very sorrow-filled day.

    There are many friends and relatives of these fugitives who should hang their heads in shame, instead of burying them in the sand knowing full well that they, too, enabled the death of two of Miami’s Finest.

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    Force_Protection

    about 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Rest In Peace my brother and sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Rest In Peace our prayers are with all connected to this event

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    SpecialK09

    about 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    This is sad. I hate it every time I open up police link and I hear of Law Enforcement deaths. I hope they catch the people responcible for this and everyone family, or friend of these officers find closure. I will have them in my thoughts.

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    PaulGreen

    about 3 years ago

    482 Comments

    RIP my brother and sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen.

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    djs2v

    about 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP

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    sheriff950

    about 3 years ago

    5370 Comments

    How very sad, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers....

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    RIP THIS IS A SAD DAY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. FROM YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN NEW YORK CITY.

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    PRO1000

    about 3 years ago

    944 Comments

    ECPD9 Your words are strong and Powerful Brother. Thank You and God Bless and To our Fallen Bro and Sister...

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    DonnaLynn

    about 3 years ago

    10490 Comments

    Well said ECPD9

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    uncledennis1

    about 3 years ago

    23128 Comments

    I concur with ECPD9.

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    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    41198 Comments

    bump ECPD9.....and then some!

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    ECPD9, Well said!

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    ECPD9

    about 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    This is another sad day in law enforcement. The fact that already this year 10 of the 11 officers killed in the line of duty, where victims of gunfire/violence. Society has become more savage and heartless. But that very same society that displays such vicious contempt for police, is the same society that passes judgement on officers by pointing fingers when they THINK an officer has stepped outside of his authority. Unfortunatley we know there will be other officers that will become victims of the very people we protect others from. Society needs to take a step back and realize we became police officers not because we "like to help people", but because we take pride in "Helping those who can't or are afraid to help themselves".....thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of the fallen officers.

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