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Miami-Dade Detectives Killed Serving Murder Warrant

January 20, 2011  | 

Miami-Dade Police Detectives Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth were shot and killed while serving a warrant to a man recently paroled from prison and wanted in connection to an October homicide. Castillo died at the scene, and Haworth succumbed later in surgery.

The detectives were involved in a multi-agency investigation led by the U.S. Marshals Service and arrived with two other Miami-Dade detectives. The officers arrived at the door of Johnny Simms, a career criminal with tattoos to match his thuggish, violent lifestyle — a gun, flames, and the words ''savage'' and ''10-20 Life.''

After knocking on the door, Simms came out firing. Det. Deidre Beecher sustained a knee injury during the shooting. Det. Oscar Pasencia returned fire on the suspect, killing him at the scene. The four detectives were wearing ballistic vests, reports the Miami Herald.

Castillo, 41, is survived by a wife and three sons. Haworth, 44, was a single mother raising a 13-year-old son. She is the first female Miami-Dade PD officer to be shot and killed by a suspect.

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Rich @ 1/21/2011 12:03 AM

Unreal.... the streets are getting more like war zones and police are facing "hostile fire" or "combat" duty. In my military and LE days (not long ago 80's-90's) there was respect. Yes Sir/Ma'am No Sir/Ma'm is the way that both us cops and the offender/suspect/contact would conduct ourselves. I'm devasted at this news and pray for the wounds of pain and loss for the family and the Department to heal quickly and memories turn from tears to smiles... that's living on.

Morning Eagle @ 1/21/2011 12:50 AM

Maybe it is just my sensitivity to the killing of officers that are only trying to do their sworn duty but it seems to be increasing to where we are seeing this type of report two or three times a week and often more than one officer has been killed. And so many are done by repeat offenders out on parole from other violent crimes. In those cases I believe the parole boards that turn those scum back out to prey on society must bear much of the responsibility for enabling the continuing violence these sub-humans engage in. At least in this case some weak knee prosecutor will not have the option to let him plead out to avoid the death penalty. Any murderer of a law enforcement officer deserves the death penalty and quick execution whether they try to plead away from it or not. The way it is now, even if sentenced to death they still get another fifteen or twenty years of breathing while their appeals go forward on the wings of snails. Good job Det. Pasencia! That said, my heart goes out to the families and department who feel the loss most deeply. Their pain is almost unimaginable to those that have not had to go through it. And the kids left behind .... too sad.

Bobby Mo @ 1/21/2011 4:26 AM

There is no way to convey the sense of outrage that this crime brings to our ranks. But. what makes it even worse is the idiotic banter of the news people "covering" the incident. "Apparently they could not avoid it" Of course they could not avoid it! THey were doing their job, standing on the line. They were attacked.

They were murdered...............not.....they could not avoid it.

You would think that college-educated "journalists" would have a better command of the language but they are more prone to put the blame on the officers rather than the felon who shot them.

KLT @ 1/21/2011 8:07 AM

Why do they keep releasing these thugs from prison? On parole from prison and suspected on another homocide? WTH! Keep them locked up until they're in their 80-90s. Two Officers dead and 1 injured. Will the parole boards never learn?

Sgt Watchus @ 1/21/2011 11:56 AM

Prayers go out to both. My you rest in peace

George Klebak @ 1/21/2011 2:31 PM

I saw the comment about this lower psuedo life form being on parole with another crime pending. I am a Colorado parole officer. We do have some issues with the parole process. I am going to talk about Colorado but I am sure other parole operations have similar problems. First, I think parole boards should not be immune for their decisions. In Colorado, we have parole board members, and hired Administrative Hearing Officers (AHO) who conduct parole revocation hearings. It should be noted that it is extremely difficult to revoke parolees for parole violations. There have been cases of multiple hearings and particular board members or AHOs continue to leave them on parole. One AHO in particular thinks he is a judge and requires a higher standard of proof than is called for. He does not realize he is simply a contract worker doing piece work as they are paid by the number of hearing they do. Another problem are some of the jails surrounding the Denver metro area severely limit the number of parolees we can put in jail. One jail limits us to 8 beds and if we have a 9th parolee who is a definite public safety hazard we have to release another who may be an equal public safety hazard. I could go on and on, but what I want to say is that I hear a lot of comments such as "If parole would only do their job", well we are trying to do our job It is just that we have occupational hazards, like that particular AHO, that makes out job that much more difficult.

Jeff @ 1/22/2011 12:29 PM

Having recently been shot at and returning fire, christmas night, i understand the stress these officers are going thru. my thoughts and prayers are with the fallen, and the survivors

lisa russell @ 6/14/2015 4:29 AM

Love to the brave murder victims & their families!

Cheryl Fuller @ 10/23/2017 6:41 AM

the two men killed behind an abandoned house - were their murders ever caught?

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