Miami-Dade Corrections Officer Allegedly Threatened to ‘Shoot Up' Jail

A Miami-Dade Corrections officer has been arrested after police say he made a threat to shoot up the jail where he worked for two decades.

Patrick Harris was found Friday morning after a daylong search.

NBC 6 exclusively obtained a video showing Harris making the threats Wednesday night to two co-workers in the parking lot of a gas station.

"Tell them to get their (expletive) news trucks ready. I told you that before, right? Ain't (expletive) you can stop. Ain't (expletive) they can stop. Tell them to get their news trucks ready and put their vests on, (expletive)," Harris is heard saying on the recording.

The two reported what happened to a supervisor. In that supervisor's report, the employees say Harris told them when they weren't recording that "he was going to shoot up the facility." They also reported they saw two loaded weapons on the front seat of the truck Harris was driving. The report also contains what another officer reported. He said Harris showed up 45 minutes after the recorded encounter at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK). He reportedly told the officer, "You are going to work hard later on."

Corrections employees who asked not to be identified told NBC 6 that Harris has been at odds with the county since 2015. The workers say that's when supervisors thought Harris said something that raised concern after the suicide of law enforcement officer. According to the workers, supervisors tried to prevent Harris from leaving and a struggle ensued.

They say since then, Harris has had struggles with his job.

The report on the threat lists that Harris said he'd gone to an arbitration hearing earlier on the day he made the recorded threats and "it did not go well."

Miami-Dade told us Harris has been on paid leave since April.

Harris is an Army veteran. The corrections department wouldn't comment on the threats or the incident but told us it's firmly committed to the safety and welfare of all its employees and hoped this will all get resolved.

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