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Jan. 20, 2011 — Miami

Four Miami-Dade warrants bureau officers attempted to arrest Johnny Simms, 22, on a murder charge.

Inside his mother's duplex in Liberty City, Simms burst from a room and shot Det. Amanda Haworth, 44, in the head.

A second officer injured her knee while escaping and a third -- Det. Roger Castillo, 41 -- was shot dead on the narrow walkway to the home. Read more

Det. Oscar Placencia ran from the back of the duplex and killed Simms during an exchange of gunfire just outside the front door.

Johnny Simms had a lengthy criminal record.

This was the seventh police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Sarasota .

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Tampa .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Simms was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Simms was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Simms fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Simms killed a police officer. This was one of seven shootings that happened after an officer was killed.
  5. Simms was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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