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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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    Charlie10

    over 3 years ago

    732 Comments

    Rest in Pecae Sister and Brother!

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    antonio

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    R.I.P. Thanks for your service

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    AKangel

    over 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer's Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, GODSPEED...

    In these times as Demons and Angels Battle for the Souls of Men, I ask you Lord to be with our Warriors,
    I ask you Lord to protect them from harm, and If you choose to take them home, Please Lord give the families, friends, and fellow Officers Peace that these fallen Warriors are forever in your arms.
    Amen!

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    bsears

    over 3 years ago

    9566 Comments

    RIP

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    JIMROC

    over 3 years ago

    8494 Comments

    It's another sad day for LE across the nation. My prayers and thoughts go out to the two officers families, and members of their department.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Horrible news. RIP

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    KMueller

    over 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    my prayers to both families of officer Roger Castillo and officer Amanda Haworth.
    REST IN PEACE

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    sstucky

    over 3 years ago

    32 Comments

    RIP. Prayers for the Officers families.

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1156 Comments

    Rest In Peace

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    DCCarr

    over 3 years ago

    324 Comments

    RIP

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother/Sister

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    Saber43

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    BrooklynHillsCop

    over 3 years ago

    664 Comments

    waltp99,
    BUMP.

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    smj389

    over 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    Some times the test of heros is not what is was sacrificed , but how they lived. Thoughts and prayers
    Rest in peace

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    FutureLawMan83

    over 3 years ago

    560 Comments

    Miami's crime is bad...Rest in Peace Officers!

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