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Girlfriend of murdered Miami police officer jailed

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Thompson being escorted to a car. Thompson being escorted to a car.
Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick
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Thompson's mugshot. Thompson's mugshot.
Thompson at Broward County jail. Thompson at Broward County jail.
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- The girlfriend of a Miami Police officer who was found shot dead in his Pembroke Pines home has been booked into the Broward County jail.

Authorities escorted Tiniko Thompson to jail early Thursday morning. She has been charged with second degree murder for the shooting death of Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick.

At around 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thompson arrived at her mother's Opa-Locka home where she has been staying for the past few weeks. Minutes later, officers, U.S. Marshals and other agencies gathered outside the home but did not immediately approach the house and arrest her.

Thompson's attorney arrived at the home shortly before 7 p.m. and left the home several minutes later with Thompson by his side. Before leaving, the attorney spoke with the media. "She will appear before a court tomorrow for purposes of a bond. At that point in time, probably no bond will be issued because of the nature of the charge," said attorney Rod Vereen.

Pembroke Pines Police officers found Patrick shot to death in the bedroom of his home on the 2100 block of Northwest 93rd Avenue, May 9. According to Miami Police, Patrick, 52, had not shown up to work for several days, prompting a welfare check.

Thompson has made claims publicly that the two argued and that Patrick shot himself accidentally. A search warrant allowed investigators to gather items and take DNA samples from his house.

The Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Sergeant Javier Ortiz was upset at how she was taken into custody. He released a letter late Wednesday night which read in part: "Who made the decision to allow a cop killer to call the shots on how they were going to be taken into custody? Who allowed a wanted cop killer to walk freely in the presence of the public with no clue if she was armed and an army of police officers to enter an air conditioned Mercedes-Benz with knowledge that she had an active warrant for second degree murder?"

Pembroke Pines Police Captain Al Xiques spoke to the media about the case and the way it has been handled. "I can't second guess the officers that were on scene and had to make the decision on how to best and safely take her into custody. I'm sure that they considered all possibilities and the decision that they came to untimely was successful," said Xiques. "She's in custody. No one was hurt. No one was injured and this is where we are at.

He added that it is now time to allow for justice to run its course. He said, "Our investigators and collaboration with other entities have been working tirelessly to gather all of the evidence and all of the information they possibly can to bring us to this point where we could file for an arrest warrant in order to bring Mrs. Thompson into custody and ultimately have her prosecuted for the crime that she committed."

Detectives said they have gathered enough evidence to charge Thompson with second-degree murder. She will appear in court sometime Thursday afternoon.
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