Ryan Simms (2020)

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On January 11, 2020, Miami Beach Florida Police Department officers Yamil Acevedo, Richard Castillo, and Kevin Perez responded to a report of a man with a knife. Ryan Simms had drawn the knife in a restaurant, but left without further incident. When police located Simms, he was non-compliant and they used a Taser on him. While attempting to secure him, Simms was able to attack Castillo, at which point Acevedo and Perez fired their weapons. Simms died the next day.


News report with surveilance and bystander footage

According to the State Attorney's report, the incident was captured by multiple officers' body worn cameras.[1]

On May 11, 2021, the State Attorney ruled that the shooting was "legally justified".[2]

Officers Involved

Official Reports

  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation
  • State Attorney's report (2021-03-11) determined that the use of deadly force was legally justified.

Additional Sources


  1. Katherine Fernandez Rundle Police Shooting Memo, State Attorney's Office, 2021-05-11
  2. Police Shooting SAO, State Attorney, 2021-05-11