Pembroke Pines

Mother mourns Miami officer killed in Pembroke Pines home

 
 
Miami police officer Carl Patrick was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home Friday. As a member of the department’s honor guard, Patrick clings to a flag during Miami’s annual memorial for fallen officers held April 30.
Miami police officer Carl Patrick was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home Friday. As a member of the department’s honor guard, Patrick clings to a flag during Miami’s annual memorial for fallen officers held April 30.
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When Lucille Patrick didn’t hear from her son Wednesday, she knew something was wrong.

“He always calls me back when I call him,” she said Sunday as she sat on the couch in her Northwest Miami-Dade home. “He’s such a good son.”

So Patrick prayed and waited.

It wasn’t until Friday that she learned why her oldest son Carl Ronaldo Patrick, whom she called by his middle name, never showed up Wednesday for dinner.

The Miami police officer of 25 years and a member of the deparment’s honor guard was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home Friday in what police believe was a homicide.

Sunday, Pembroke Pines police did not release any new information about his death, saying only that “the investigation is still ongoing.”

Pembroke Pines detectives still had the house blocked off with yellow police tape Sunday. An officer sat outside the home in the 2100 block of Northwest 93rd Avenue, and a Miami police cruiser sat in the driveway.

On Saturday, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said investigators believed Patrick, 53, was shot by a Miami police public service aide who might have been his wife or girlfriend. Pembroke Pines police have not confirmed whether the PSA, believed to be Tiniko Thompson, is involved.

Thompson had not been arrested or charged as of Sunday, according to police.

Carl Patrick’s younger brother Michael said Sunday that his brother was in a relationship with Thompson and that Thompson had been in the house for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“She seemed like a nice girl,” Michael Patrick said. “I just saw her a couple of weeks ago.”

Michael Patrick said that right now the family is focused on grieving for his brother, who he said loved his job and enjoyed taking care of his mother. Carl Patrick’s colleagues, friends and family members have visited Lucille Patrick’s home since she got the news.

Patrick, a patrol officer in the city’s North District, joined the Army after graduating from Miami Central High School. Pictures of him decorate the walls and tables of his mother’s home.

“I never dreamed he’d go before me,” she said Sunday through tears. “He’s too young.”

Lucille Patrick, who clutched a photo of her son wearing his honor guard uniform, said she took comfort in the fact that her son was “such a good man.”

She struggled to understand how her son, who loved it when she cooked him Jamaican food and who would take her to church every Sunday, could be gone.

“I just hope they lock up whoever the person is because they don’t deserve to be out here,” she said.

Last month, Carl Patrick donned his dress uniform and participated in the department's annual ceremony to memorialize officers killed in the line of duty.

Patrick’s colleagues were also feeling the loss Sunday.

“We are such a close-knit family, and it really is like losing a family member,” Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said Sunday. “It really hurts.”

For Lucille Patrick the pain remains almost unbearable.

“Ronaldo, you are gone, but not forgotten,” she said as she broke down in tears. “I will love you forever.”

Information from Miami Herald news partner CBS4 is included in this report.

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