MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The girlfriend of a Miami police officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines continues to avoid the police.
Thursday morning Tiniko Thompson lay down in the back of a relative’s SUV as she left her mother’s home in Opa-locka,so she would not have to answer any questions from the waiting media about the day her boyfriend, Officer Carl Patrick, was shot to death as he got ready to go to work.
“This was a man that she loved and this is a very unfortunate situation for all sides. It’s a sad and tragic story,” said Thompson’s attorney Roderick Vereen.
Vereen said Thompson was distraught and upset over the death which he said was an act of self-defense.
When asked why she was not cooperating with the police investigation, Vereen said she was keeping quiet for a reason.
“I’m sure when you speak with an attorney they always say you keep your client’s mouth shut until it’s time to testify if the case gets to that point,” said Vereen.
Vereen said Thompson and Patrick had argued last Wednesday which led to the two of them scuffling over the officer’s gun. He said it was Patrick who pulled the trigger and shot himself.
Thompson then drove off in Patrick’s vehicle and waited two days before she told her mother what had happened. Why the wait?
“People act differently under stressful situations and so this is the way she dealt with it in that particular time so it is what it is,” said Vereen. “We can’t change the facts, I wish we could but we can’t change the facts so unfortunately this is how it played out.”
Vereen said Thompson does not plan to go to Patrick’s funeral services.
“She’s not going to be attending that. I’m pretty sure she’s not welcome even if she wanted to attend,” said Vereen.
CBS4 reviewed Thompson’s personnel file with the Miami Police Department.
It shows she was hired as a temporary office assistant operator for the Miami Police Department in Jan. 2005.
Thompson was promoted to full-time status as a police property specialist in May 2005, and resigned from MPD in Dec. 2006.
She returned to the department as a Public Service Aide in Aug. 2007.
In October 2013, she requested extended leave.
According to documents, she asked for time off under for “The birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption or foster care.”
In her application, she listed her brother, Michael Braddy, as an Miami Police Officer with the department’s K-9 unit.
There was one commendation in her file. Her evaluations were all average or slightly above average during the course of her employment.