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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.

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    over 3 years ago

    Amanda and Roger I will see you in Heaven! Not yet though, with God's will I will continue the good fight and carry the torch that you bravely carried and bring the fight to the bad guys that I witnessed you do every single time I was with you! Rest in peace your Brothers and Sisters got it now! Take peace in knowing we loved you both! Oscar, thank you too for your service and sending that bastard to hell! Dee Dee, get well and I thank you for backing your partners up! Talk to you and Oscar when the dust settles!

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace may you´re next post be at the gate of heaven!

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    over 3 years ago


    To the officers family and friends and co-workers you will have my prayers and support. Again we should thankful for these heroes doing there job. To all law enforcement my friend who walk the thin blue line whether you are a police officer, constable, deputy sheriff, sheriff, correctional officer, trooper, agent and or marshal you have my support and my prayers daily. I make you this promise that I will carry on your legacy because know that In Valor There Is Hope. And also reminded once what a police survivor said by name of Vivian Eney Cross: It is not how these officers died that made them heroes it is how they lived. Stand up rejoice for these heroes of the America.. Close this may God Bless you and God Bless all the America's Peace Officers because again In Valor There Is Hope for all us who walk that thin blue line of protection and righteousness... From Chaplain David Matthew Duffany 315 Carol Street, Mascotte, Florida 34753-9253 and email at:

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother and sister. Ii'm praying for your families.

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP to both our Brother and Sister and condolences to your families...

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    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Eternal Peace!

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    over 3 years ago


    Our prayers go out to the two families,Rest in Peace from officers in Arizona

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    over 3 years ago


    RIP my friends our prayers are with our family and friends

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    over 3 years ago


    WTF is with everyone shooting cops now-a-days?! If you really don't want to go to jail that bad, then either don't do the crime or point your gun back at yourself and save the tax payers some money convicting your retarded arse!

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace my brother and sister in blue. Now you can both walk Heaven's beat. Your family friends, and co-workers are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

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    over 3 years ago


    My prayers go out to the families of both officers

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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother and Sister!

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    over 3 years ago


    To all who perished in this tragedy..... RIP, and to the shooters responsible justice will be swift and severe

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    over 3 years ago


    My thoughts and Prayers go out to you snHadley for the loss of your comrades, God Bless you sir.

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