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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 4 years ago


    How horrible, RIP Brother and Sister, Im praying for your families

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    over 4 years ago


    Another sad day for LE. Rest in Peace Officer Castillo and Officer Haworth. My thoughts and prayers are with the family Miami -Dade PD.

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    over 4 years ago


    May you both walk a beat with St. Michael for our Lord.
    Blessed are the peacemakers.

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    over 4 years ago

    I saw in my head and in my heart today that those that are lawless, are also Godless.
    They do now follow the laws the people have made and they do follow the older laws that God has made.

    This news story is another crushing story for anyone that has any decency and any respect for what is right.
    I send my prayers and again my eyes well with tears but it is not enough.

    What do we do as a community?
    What do we do?!!
    Keep praying and keep crying while our cops keep dying?
    That is not enough.
    I can say "I have had enough" as a citizen but that does not change anything or make it safer out there.

    Abolish parole. Maybe that's a start. The pendulum has swung too far.
    To do nothing will change nothing.

    In the name of Almighty God may all affected by these murders be comforted and given strength and may lurking evil be crushed before it can harm any decent person or thing. Amen.

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    over 4 years ago


    Another senseless waste of brave decent human life - by a waste of absolute space filth that should never have been allowed to breath God's air... (Sorry but it's just too hard to be a 'complete Christian' when this happens!!)...
    My most heartfelt sympathies to all involved...
    May God Bless both officers' souls and surviving families..

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    over 4 years ago


    My heart just breaks as I read this article. My thoughts and prayers are with these two brave officers and their family, friends, and department. May you both find comfort in the arms of Jesus as he welcomes you home. May God touch all those affected by your tragic passing and find the strength through Him to get through this tough time.

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    over 4 years ago


    My heart felt condences to the familes of this two brave police officers.May both of you rest in peace in the great kingdom of heavn.I would like to know since I am not a police officer, why wasn"t the SWAT TEAM used to get this animals.If anyone out there doesn"t know this area in MIAMI,let me tell you it is small BAGHDAD.This animals carry more high powered assault rifes{AK47} then the police,no coopertion form the public around that area at all.The city of miami police chief was doing a great job in this area by killing several of this animals in his first year on the job and tring to get control of this neighborhood and what happened they want to fire him saying it is a racial issue.

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    over 4 years ago


    Today I was watching the televised funeral of a 27 year old New Jersey officer. When I switched over to a news channel at the conclusion of the service I was stunned to see this story being reported. When will we see this madness come to a stop. We are losing our brothers and sisters at a monumental rate. With each officer's death a little piece of each of us dies too. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the families, friends and fellow officers of Officers Castillo and Haworth. May these two Heroes Rest Eternally in Peace.

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    over 4 years ago

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, co-workers and the community. Rest in Peace my brother & sister.

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    Another tragic day for LE. RIP my brother and sister. God Bless you each, and the men and women of the Miami-Dade PD.

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