PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – The Pembroke Pines Police are investigating the death of a police officer, found dead inside his home.
Pembroke Pines police said officers went to a home Friday afternoon located at 2180 NW 93 Ave to conduct a welfare check after the officer has missed work for a couple of days.
“Always responsible, showed up for work everyday. He was out for a couple of days and we noticed he wasn’t showing up and that’s when the notifications were made and the discovery was made,” said Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department.
When they went inside of the home, officers found the dead body of City of Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick. He has 25-years of service as an officer.
The cause of death was determined to be homicide, as a result of a gunshot wound, according to police.
Our news partners , the Miami Herald, reported a woman Patrick was romantically linked with, Tiniko Thompson, is suspected in his death. She is listed on the City of Miami Police College website as a public service aide.
Many of Patrick’s neighbor’s didn’t even know he had a love interest.
The Pembroke Pines Police Department haven’t said if they know of Thompson’s whereabouts.
Investigators were still on the scene Saturday and are calling the scene an active criminal investigation.
While neighbors said Patrick kept to himself, they never imagined a police officer could become a victim.
“Out of the people that we think were going to die, you don’t that a police officer would die,” said neighbor Ronel Clarke.
Meanwhile, it was a very difficult day at the Miami Police Department where officers mourned the loss of one of their own.
Patrick was a uniformed patrol officer working out of the North district. He was also a military veteran who had been deployed several times.
Police told CBS4, he was very responsible and rarely missed work so when he missed a couple of days they became concerned and asked for a welfare check which is when they discovered his body.
Major Moss said he knew officer Patrick for the past 25 years and called him a good person with a good heart.
“Very quiet…He’s the kind of guy who would come on a scene and keep it calm. He was also a member of the honor guard; the police officers who stand a little taller, dress a little brighter and shine a little brighter, when it comes to wearing the uniform. He’s always there and it’s just really a tragedy,” said Major Moss.
Police chaplains are working with the officers as they grieve.