Family and friends are saying their final goodbyes to a Miami Police officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home last week.
The viewing for Officer Carl Patrick was held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Miami Shores Christian Church. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Church in Miami.
Patrick was an army reservist who served in Afghanistan and was in the police department’s honor guard.
Patrick's body was found shot inside his home on May 9 after he didn't show up for his patrol job for several days, police said.
In an exclusive interview with NBC 6, Patrick's girlfriend, Tiniko Thompson, said that on the morning of the shooting, Patrick attacked her and pulled a weapon on her.
“He slipped and fell and I was still backed up into a corner and we’re still tussling with the gun and at that moment; he is turning this way and it went ‘POW’ that’s it,” Thompson said. “And that was it. He called me a b****. He said, ‘You b****.’”
Thompson, who said she was living with Patrick, claims she left the home after the shooting and slept in her car. Two days later, Friday, she spoke to her mother and the mother called 911 and told police to come to the couple’s home.
New surveillance video shows what appears to be Thompson removing several items from her car and taking them inside a storage unit. The owner of the storage facility said police officers have searched the unit Thompson rents.
The Miami Herald also reports a newly released search warrant says Patrick's boyd was found wrapped inside a sheet and comforter, and that only his feet were sticking out the day investigators made the discovery. The warrant reportedly said a gun was found next to his body and that blood was found on the wall and door frame. The warrant shows that police, after tracking down Thompson, took DNA samples from her purse, clothing and cell phone, the Herald reported.
Pembroke Pines Police said they want to speak with Thompson and that they are still investigating the incident.