Two Miami-Dade Cops Killed In Liberty City Shootout, Several Others Wounded (Update)

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An attempt by local police and U.S. Marshals to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect in Liberty City turned into a violent shootout this morning, leaving multiple officers injured -- and two dead in the line of duty. Officer Roger Castillo died on the scene during the gun battle outside a home near NW 7th Ave. and 69th Street, the Herald reports. A female officer, Amanda Haworth, died later at the hospital. One suspect was killed and another was arrested.

Update: Police have identified the suspect killed in the gun battle as 23-year-old Johnny Sims, who was wanted in connection to an October murder.

Sims had previous convictions for armed robbery and selling cocaine. Police haven't identified the other suspect in custody.

Helicopters hovered over the corner of NW 7th Ave. and 69th Street this afternoon and police redirected traffic around the area. Dozens of news trucks clustered in a nearby abandoned lot and cameramen hustled around the yellow police tape cordoning off the block.

Around 12:30, Mayor Carlos Alvarez approached the tape to talk about the shooting.

"These officers put their lives and their safety on the line every single day, and unfortunately today one officer lost his life," Alvarez said.

The mayor declined to reveal much about the circumstances around the shooting. He said a large squad of officers had surrounded a nearby house to arrest a dangerous subject before the shooting started.

"The bad guy, if he's willing to do it, 99 percent of the time he has the element of surprise on his side," Alvarez said. "No matter how well armed or how well prepared the police are, if you're going to arrest someone willing to get in a shootout, you're in serious danger."

Earlier post: Details are still sparse on what happened this morning, but police briefly shut down traffic on the Interstate and put several local schools on lockdown after the shooting.

A media staging area has been set up a few blocks away, and CBS4 news choppers showed at least two bodies covered with tarps on the scene.

The fight happened after officers from Miami-Dade, the City of Miami, and federal agents tried to serve a warrant at the house.

Nancy Perez, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade department, tells CBS4 that one officer died on the scene and another is in surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. At least one suspect also died.

We'll update when we learn more.

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33 comments
Twitch (its Matt)
Twitch (its Matt)

Another point proven that Miami is a terrible city to live in. Get the hell out while you can. Detroit > Miami

alex
alex

that wasnt a racist remark, and i strongly agree with (beaches) and no obama is actually shortning blacks benifits. i dont know why black people like him so much. i dont think theyre following up on politics. just like they love bill clinton, and clinton raped blacks. i remember before black women used to have like 10 kids and the gov. would give them a shit load of money, bill clinton put a stop to that and they started only getting help for 1. yet ask blacks how they feel about clinton. lol. they love him, how ironic. lol. ofcourse blacks and other minorities are mostly democrats because thy want a freebee but this is u.s.a. there are no sunch things as freebees here. get that through your head. and if u really desire freebees and equality for everyone move to cuba. see how thet goverment system works out for you.

123
123

what does obama have to do with this Liberty city has always been a bad neighborhood

Darrell
Darrell

I am a brother of African descent from Liberty City and I am just marveled at how they sprinkled LIBERTY CITY so the city of Miami can save face. It is messed up but I am not so sympathetic because the whole law enforcement and law system is screwed up. Police get cocky and GOD-like on law abiding but this is a reminder to police that they are still human. @ Beaches I agree that most of those PEOPLE are savage-like but you made it racist once you thrown Obama into the mix. Building homes!? I know for sure you don't go around that neighborhood and that's a BLESSING. Free food and meds!? I do NOT believe in sloth and getting your own but if someone can't afford it, they can't afford it. Are you familiar with the French Revolution? lol. Imply! That's what would occur. All these things are implemented to keep People at bay.

put a price on that
put a price on that

were are all the people that have been saying that police and firemen are over payed??? all you idiots dont have a clue what it takes to kick down a door not knowing what's on the other side... my prayers are with the families, especially the 4 children that are left without a parent.

"all give some, some give all"

JPIKRA
JPIKRA

MR THOMAS REGALADO IS TIHIS ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SEE THAT YOU NEED TO PROTECT THE MIAMI POLICE DPRT (OFFICERS). STOP PROTECTING THE CRIMINALS... PROTECT WHO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY AND RISK THEIR LIFE FOR US.

JPIKRA
JPIKRA

MAY GOD PROTECT BLESSED AND GUIDE OUR POLICE OFFICERS, THEY RISK THEIR LIFE DAILY PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY, MR REGALADO GET A CLUE, WE VOTED FOR YOU TO PROTECT US INCLUDING OUR POLICE. SHAME ON YOU ,SHAME ON YOU, TWO OFFICERS ARE DEAD AND YOU SUPPORT THE CRIMINALS... SHAME ON YOU.

JPIKRA
JPIKRA

MR. THOMAS REGALADO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR POLICE.. YOU ARE NOT A GOOD PERSON. WE VOTED FOR YOU THINKING YOU WERE A GOOD PERSON BUT DID NOT HAPPEN. TAKE CARE OF THE POLICE THEY PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY

Jojo
Jojo

Raze Liberty City. Just bulldoze it down. Scatter the folks to public housing around the county. They would be grateful.

caeser_palache
caeser_palache

I am sure Luke, the genius that he is, will blame Palin and Beck. Problem, they procreate faster than they can kill themselves.

Jessyjoel
Jessyjoel

need to focus on the problem...not obama for god's sake

Fifiandco
Fifiandco

You are right this didn't happen bc of Obama...but it's not because of slavery or opression either. None of these people were ever slaves, and they are all given the opportunity to excel in life...with foodstamps, college paid for and all the other benefits they get. Yet they still manage to become delinquents. I do not speak for the whole, but for a large portion. Unfortunately there are too many people in this world who can pull a gun on someone and kill them over $1 or even over less, a paring space and they can still sleep at night. The suspects mother will probably be seen tonight crying on channel 7 about what a good person her baby was and why did they have to kill him, he was forced into this lifestyle....blah blah blah.

Beaches
Beaches

these people in liberty city are savages... hey obama.. keep building homes for them and giving them free food and meds.... so they can kill our police and fireman.... this country is in shambles.

Praiselady850
Praiselady850

I met a white possibly hispanic guy and his family in the park.He was from Detroit delighted to be in Miami. He said Detroit is terrible never want too go back.

GLAMOUUSBUTON
GLAMOUUSBUTON

Alex, if you really wanna take it back, blacks shouldn't be moving anywhere. If you remember slavery, they were taking from their land. Africa was a entire continent for people of color. They were minding their business in there own land.  For one, it was the white man who raped this country and that one of its food, and land and took over as they saw fit. Seperated families, not just blacks, but almost all of the other races, doing things as they believe it is to go, setting up rules and regulations in places that did not need them. Now you have a race of african americans who unfortunetly, will remain a race that will not get ahead. How do you think poor people become poor? They were poor to start with. Yes there are a few people who obtain a life of wealth or able to live comfortable but they work extremely hard for that. Not every person on welfare or food stamps are looking for a freebee. Not every black person likes Obama, nor votes democratic because they don't know any better. The Federal Government is in total control of what happens here, in the US and the other countries they took over. That's all white people do is kill, and destroy. So you really need to evalute your life and count your blessings and stay off of blogs concerning blacks because you have no idea. You can put a Democrat or Republic in office and there will still be homeless, and poor communities all over the us. That's just the bottom line.

alex
alex

but you ARE WRONG. u see, if the government would just say "we will be doing drug test on everyone that recieve help from the gov.) then i bet more than half of city's like liberty city will be in chaos, there would be a million homeless people. but they should do that. its only right.

Sissinghurst99
Sissinghurst99

I hear you brother. I live in Dallas but I am from Overtown, born there 69 years ago. You could walk down the streets and pull fruit off the trees. Then they built Liberty City and Overtown became the Ghetto ... so where is the Ghetto now? Until people are educated and become self sufficient this is going to continue happening.

Jon J
Jon J

Violence is as American as apple pie! Young black males (who were once targeted back in the day for no reason other than being black) are the ones acting recklessly nowadays. If you think that this country's history has nothing to do with the present you are sadly mistaken. You might want to pick up a book.

GLAMOUROUSBUTON
GLAMOUROUSBUTON

Beaches, where do you think the jobs for police and fireman come from? The government, where do you think Free food and meds come from? The government, so stop talking about Blacks as a race, and face reality. You can not control the government. The country is in shambles because of our Government. The president is just a Agent for show for them. If you want to be honest. Think about your life and appreciate what you have.

Mz_Justice
Mz_Justice

Not all people that live in low income housing and recieve food stamps are killer Dumbass"beaches" I am a product of that environment I graduate high school and college. Plus the fact that I have wonderful career in law enforcement. Myheart goes out to my fellow blue blood brother and sister may God provide the strenghth andnguidance your family will need to make it during this difficult time.

Glenda Battle
Glenda Battle

Don't blame Obama this shit has been happening for years. please know the history before you throw stones.

Mimibe20
Mimibe20

yea blame obama b/c the people only started living there when he came into office lets not blame it on slavery or oppression

Sylvia in Dallas
Sylvia in Dallas

This is one black person who agree ... but its still not right.

MIAMI LIFE
MIAMI LIFE

I know the history I have lived here my whole life and jackass Obama is the reason for violence all over the country what do you think happens when you take national dept from 4 billion to 20-30 trillion . If you can't do the math then you must be retarded...science he's bein in office people like you and me have bein lost job and getting layed off by 500,000 people a month if you didn't know. what idiot bails out a car company when nobody is buying cars ???? jackass oh yea now lets give RED CHINA money and GE techology can you say WWIII...

former little haiti resident
former little haiti resident

Race was never mention in Beaches' post. None was implied, and you jumped in and put it into the equation.

mad as hell
mad as hell

Wow. Jon J all yo said was that those black people who were targeted back in the day was a bad thing, but if they were still targeted today it would be differnt. what i see is the reason why most people fill as if us the african americans should be killed, or exterminated. We kill each other for nothing or over P.R.I.D.E. that person dissed me or looked at me funny. we will never change the way the world lives but remember it could be you. every action has a reaction all the way down to the person or people who stick to the code!!!???!!! If it happens to some one else it can happen to you. just a movie.

Protega50
Protega50

You are the idiot.Wow! You would be the one that would buy Ex-President Bush book and make him richer.Bush trying to explain Kanye West statement after N.Orleans disaster.The USA is in this financial situation because of President Bush ,Republicans, Iraq war ,poor budget management and greed.As for the Auto company bailout Obama saved many Americans jobs.But, what about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mae and the OBAMA Modification program without this a lot more American people would be homeless.That's right Americans no racial issue was associated with these programs. Its a fact you have too do the work and some people is all talk and lazy.

Jason
Jason

Actually race is implied since Obama (half blakc) does NOT "build homes" for them (poor blakc people) the commnet is implied racist and outright ignorance.

Are you dumb? Just because something is not mentioned does not mean it isn't implied.

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