A Miami police officer was shot and killed in his Pembroke Pines home, Miami officials said Saturday.
Carl Patrick, a 25-year police veteran and a U.S. military reservist, was found dead in his home by Pembroke Pines police officers responding to a call on Friday afternoon in the 2100 block of NW 93rd Ave., Pembroke Pines police and Miami police Maj. Delrish Moss said.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said investigators believe Patrick was shot by a Miami police public service aide who may have been his wife or girlfriend.
As far as I know, there was a police officer inside the house and she, the PSA, shot him, Regalado said.
The PSA is believed to be Tiniko Thompson, who is listed on the Miami police college website as a member of the academys administrative support staff. Thompson is not under arrest and has not been charged.
Few details on the shooting were available Saturday. Pembroke Pines police confirmed the Miami officers identity and labeled the case a homicide, but said no further information would be released Saturday.
A law enforcement source told the Miami Herald that detectives found Thompson at her mothers home in Opa-locka, but she refused to talk. To make an arrest, investigators will have to piece together what happened through circumstantial, forensic and physical evidence, the source said.
Pines police are in charge of the homicide investigation.
Patrick was a patrol officer assigned to the citys North District and served on the police department honor guard, Moss said.
The entire department is in shock. Im in shock, Moss said.
A Miami police chaplain was at police headquarters downtown during roll call Saturday to console Patricks grieving colleagues.
A friend said Patrick, 53, grew up in Miami and graduated from Central High before joining the Army. He served overseas in Japan and Afghanistan, said childhood friend Greg Rollins.
Patrick, who had no children, was known as a quiet man with a knack for ceramic and woodwork art, Rollins said.
Very caring guy. He was very concerned about making a difference in the community after serving in the military, Rollins said. Very kind, very gentlemanly, a very humble spirit.