[UPDATE] Two Police Officers Die in Miami Shooting

By: AP
By: AP

In Miami, two police officers are shot and killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant on a homicide suspect. The killings have left city officials, and the victims' fellow officers, stunned and grieving.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service says the officers were working with a Marshals fugitive task force. Police say the wanted suspect, Johnny Sims was shot and killed on the spot.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez says officer Roger Gastillo and the suspect died at the scene. The second officer, Amanda Hallworth was taken to a hospital and later died. A third officer was treated for a minor knee injury but released.

Miami-Dade Police Director, James Loftus, says, "Families are devastated by what happened here today. I mean I really... God almighty I know there's more cop shows on television than there is on any other topic at all. We see it and there's a million of them and people think they know us."

Neighbors who witnessed the scene are calling it a nightmare. Other officers interviewed on the scene say it is shocking and hurtful. There is no word yet on memorial services for the victims.
UPDATE 1-20-2011

Miami, FL (AP) - Police have identified the two Miami-Dade police
officers killed during a shootout in Miami.

The shootout erupted Thursday in a notoriously crime-ridden
section of Miami as a team of heavily armed law enforcement agents
tried to serve a warrant, leaving the two officers and a suspect

Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus identified the officers
killed as Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth. He said both of them
had more than 20 years of police experience. Loftus said the
suspect was 22-year-old Johnny Simms, who used a handgun to shoot them.

A third officer sustained a knee injury and she was identified
as Deidree Beecher.

Loftus added that several people were in custody being
questioned, but no arrests have been made.



Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez says a Miami-Dade police officer has died during surgery after a shootout with a suspect in Miami.

Alvarez said Thursday that the suspect, who was also killed,
shot at police as they served a warrant and then they shot at him.
Earlier, another police officer died at the scene.

Alvarez added the officer who died at the hospital had been shot
multiple times and the other police officer was shot once.

The identities of the officers and the suspect weren't
immediately available.

The shooting occurred in Liberty City and two schools in the
neighborhood have been placed on lockdown.

Authorities say the two officers were attached to a U.S.
Marshals Service fugitive task force involving multiple police

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