[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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  • by x-cop Location: leon on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    things like this keeps the rest of them awake and alert.
  • by terry Location: jasper georgia on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    kevin- carlos alvarez? MABY THIS IS THE PROBLEM. carlos alverez cant even run his own country moves to america the great and gets elected mayor of the cocaine largest drug importation city in america.
  • by Chuck Location: Tallahassee on Jan 22, 2011 at 06:24 AM
    Precision, did you even read the entire article? The dirtbag was also involved in drugs. Drugs are not a victimless crime for your information. Prostitution is a victimless crime so use some common sense for saying something stupid.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    How about it being his fault instead of blaming his family, the system or his neighbor or whoever. This guy pulled the trigger. It was his fault and hes now gone.
  • by fran on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Get over the "stop locking druggies up" rhetoric. That's NOT going to change. And, with our new gov touting serve less time, there are going to be MANY more of these thugs on our streets.
  • by shenisa Location: liberty city fl. on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    all in a days work.
  • by tax payer Location: fl. on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    precision but the penny crimes makes the money for the police. all this man could do is set in prision and ride the system.
  • by sherry Location: perry on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    melvin-it came on the next day. did you see it?
  • by kevin Location: ap on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    is the mayor carlos alvarez the same as the football player who played for the UF football team in the seventies? help me my south fla. people.
  • by wdyoung Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    Often when I hear this comment, it sounds somewhat ignorant. But I can honestly say, in this case, I'm glad we don't have pay to feed this guy the rest of his life.
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