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2 Miami officers killed by suspect
Police were trying to serve warrant

Two Miami-Dade police officers were shot and killed in a gunfight with suspects as they tried to serve a warrant for a violent fugitive in a Miami home Thursday.

It was the first time in decades two of Miami-Dade's law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty.

The dead male officer was identified as Roger Castillo, of Davie, a 21-year-veteran. The female officer was identified as Amanda Haworth, 44, of Miramar, a 23-year veteran. Both had been wearing bulletproof vests.

"Two angels from our police department were murdered today and I'm angry about it," said Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus, who held an emotional afternoon news conference. "Our worst nightmare has visited upon us again."

The suspect, identified as Johnny Simms, 23, was killed in the gun battle. He was shot by Officer Oscar Pasencia, one of the four officers at the scene. Another suspect was taken into custody, said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

Investigators say they're not looking for any other suspects. Late Thursday, investigators were questioning as many as four other people who were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

"It's shocking. It's hurtful," said Alvarez, who rushed to the scene. "Really, I can't put it into words. Needless to say, I'm taking it extremely personally. They were professionals working in a professional, elite unit. Their mission was to go after violent career criminals."

The county detectives were attempting to arrest Simms on a murder warrant for a slaying that happened in October in Miami, Loftus said.

Simms, according to state corrections records, was released from prison in September on probation. He had been imprisoned for armed robbery and selling cocaine and had a long rap sheet, police said.

Simms was wanted for the Oct. 16 murder of Cornelious Larry, 27, who was shot to death in a Miami parking lot.