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Video shows man brandishing knife before dying in police-involved shooting

Police: Officer stabbed remains hospitalized

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Detectives released surveillance video Monday showing a man brandishing a large chef’s butcher knife outside of Mango’s Tropical Cafe in South Beach. He died Sunday after officers shot him Saturday night.

According to Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, the man in the video at 900 Ocean Dr. was Ryan O. Simms, who officers surrounded and shot next to the South Beach Clock Tower at Ocean Drive and 10th Street.

Ryan Simms died in a police-involved shooting on Saturday night in South Beach. (Courtesy of Dexter Henry)

Simms, 49, was accused of stabbing Officer Ricardo Castillo while refusing to surrender. Rodriguez said Mango’s Tropical Cafe reported Simms had threatened a club employee about 9 p.m.

“It was not any yelling,” said David Wallack, of Mango’s Tropical Cafe. “It was really talking, but talking while waving a butcher knife.”

Minutes later, witnesses said they heard 15 or 20 shots. Anne-Marie Malcolm described Simms on Facebook as a “gentle giant with a soothing soul." Others on social media remembered him as a graduate of Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York.

A police officer was hospitalized after being stabbed in Miami Beach.
A police officer was hospitalized after being stabbed in Miami Beach.

Rodriguez said Castillo remains at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit. During his three-year tenure with the department, Castillo, a former Florida Highway Patrol trooper, has received awards and commendations, Rodriguez said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

About the Authors:

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.