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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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