Detective Roger Castillo Miami-Dade Police Department Florida End of Watch: Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Detective Roger Castillo
Miami-Dade Police Department

End of Watch: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 21 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Detective Roger Castillo and Detective Amanda Haworth were shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant on a murder suspect.
The detective, along with two other members of a regional task force, had gone to a home near the intersection of NW Seventh Avenue and 69th Street. Upon making contact with an occupant of the home someone inside immediately opened fire, striking Detective Castillo, Detective Haworth and a third detective. The fourth detective on the scene returned fire and killed the suspect.
Detective Castillo succumbed to his wounds at the scene. Detective Haworth was transported to a local hospital where he passed away during surgery.
Detective Castillo had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 21 years.

Agency Contact Information
Miami-Dade Police Department
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, FL 33172
Phone: (305) 471-1780
Please contact the Miami-Dade Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Surviving Castillo are his wife and three children.

Outgoing officer loved his job and his family

Roger Castillo took almost as much pride in his badge as he did in his three sons.

Before he left for work Thursday, Roger Castillo and his wife Debbie shared a kiss.

It was part of their daily ritual.

Both were Miami-Dade County police officers, he a member of the department’s elite warrant squad. Each knew the dangers any given shift could bring.

“That was their last kiss,” said Madelynn Deloscuetos, Debbie Castillo’s cousin. “I know she’ll always feel that.”

A day after his death, family members remembered Castillo, 41, as an outgoing guy with an affinity for telling jokes. His police badge was his pride and joy — until he and Debbie had three sons.

“He loved the police work,” said Deloscuetos, who likened Castillo to a brother. “His family was his life, but he really enjoyed [his job].”

Castillo was born in Miami and grew up in suburban Westchester. He attended Royal Palm Elementary and Riviera Middle, and would later go on to graduate from Southwest Miami Senior High in 1987.


Castillo had talked about becoming a police officer since he was a kid, family members said. As a teenager, he joined the Police Explorers, a program for young adults interested in law enforcement.

His mother didn’t worry about saving up for college, Deloscuetos said.

“She knew he was going to be a police officer no matter what,” she said.

Nobody was surprised when Castillo entered the Miami-Dade Police Academy at age 20.

An ambitious young officer, Castillo worked hard to move through the ranks and join elite squads like the warrants team.

Castillo’s life would change when he was assigned to train a newly minted officer named Debbie Perez.

“She fell in love with him right away,” Deloscuetos said. “She knew he was the one.”

The couple married April 15, 1995 and went on to have three sons: Anthony, 15; Michael, 12, and Brian, 9.

Castillo loved being a dad, family members said. He taught the boys how to play basketball, and took them for frequent rides on the family boat and ATV.

“Even when he got home late, he still found time to play a little basketball with the boys,” Deloscuetos said.

Neighbor Andre Jean-Louis often spotted Castillo outside his Davie home with the kids.

“Roger is a fun guy,” Jean-Louis said. “He is always having fun with his sons, always taking his family someplace to have fun” including Lake Placid and the Bahamas.


But for all the fun, Castillo took his job as a father seriously.

“He didn’t [go] a day without telling [the boys] that he loved them and telling them how special they were,” Deloscuetos said.

He also made it a point to tell his wife how beautiful he she was.

“She felt it,” Deloscuetos said, her eyes welling up with tears.

Debbie Castillo, her cousin said, struggled to explain their father’s death to the three boys. They were in a state of shock.

“The family is very sad,” Deloscuetos said.

“There are moments when we are crying. There a moments when we are laughing because we remember things about Roger.”

She added: “The world is missing a very great person.”


The Police Benevolent Association has started fund to help the families of Miami-Dade police officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, killed while serving an arrest warrant in Liberty City Thursday.

Those interested helping the families of Castillo and Haworth, who both leave behind children, can do so by writing checks payable to “The Dade County PBA Love Fund,” with “Officers Castillo and Haworth” in the memo section.

The mailing address is 10680 NW 25 Street, Miami, Fl 33172.

The Dade County PBA Love fund is a federally recognized charitable organization established in 1984 to aid law enforcement officers and their families in their time of need, including assisting the families of officers killed in the line of duty.





2 Responses to “Detective Roger Castillo Miami-Dade Police Department Florida End of Watch: Thursday, January 20, 2011”

  1. 1 Bruno E. Pouliot January 23, 2011 at 01:05

    They paid the ultimate sacrifice ensuring the safety of the citizens of Miami-Dade County. I salute their service and ask that we keep their families in our prayers.
    Heroism is the topic here, may we not forget their lives and their purpose. Police Officers are Chosen and few. My hearts go out to the families, friends, and colleagues of these two officers.

    Bruno E. Pouliot

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