FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Dressed in a Penn State sweatshirt and sweatpants, the girlfriend of a Miami police officer who was fatally shot at his Pembroke Pines home was booked into the main Broward County jail early Thursday morning.

Tiniko Thompson was arrested just hours earlier Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Carl Patrick.

Patrick, a 25-year veteran of the Miami Police Department, was found shot to death May 9 at his home on Northwest 93rd Avenue.

Pembroke Pines police said Thompson, 46, was taken into custody about 7 p.m.

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OFF THE TOP TONIGHT, A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT YOU SAW FIRST LOCAL 10 NEWS. TAMICA THOMPSON, THE GIRLFRIEND OF THE OFFICER FOUND DEAD IN HIS HOME, IS UNDER ARREST. THE CHARGE SECOND DEGREE MURDER. IT'S BEEN 3 WEEKS SINCE OFFICER CARL PATRICK WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH ALLEGEDLY AT THE HANDS OF HIS GIRLFRIEND. LOCAL 10 NEWS REPORTER IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE PINE STREET WITH THE LATEST. ROSS? CALVIN, FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS IT'S BEEN A VERY LONG WAIT BUT TONIGHT THE GIRLFRIEND IS HERE AT THE PEMBROKE PINES POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CUSTODY. IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE SHE'LL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE BROWARD COUNTY JAIL WHERE SHE WILL FACE THAT CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. DID YOU SHOOT YOUR BOYFRIEND? THOMPSON ESCORTED OUT BY HER ATTORNEY AS OFFICERS RACE IN WITH A WARRANT. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CHARGES? AND WITHOUT A WORD SHE WENT FROM THIS CAR INTO OFFICERS' CUFFS JUST A BLOCK AWAY. GOT OUT OF THE CAR IN HANDCUFFS AND THAT WAS IT. IT WAS 3 WEEKS AGO TO THE DAY SINCE THE KILLING OF MIAMI POLICE OFFICER CARL PATRICK. THOMPSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. POLICE SAY IT BEGAN ON MAY 9TH AFTER THOMPSON'S OWN RELATIVES TOLD PEMBROKE PINES POLICE SAYING PATRICK'S BODY WAS HERE INSIDE HIS HOME. MY CLIENT WAS ACTING IN SELFDEFENSE. THOMPSON'S OWN ATTORNEY CONFIRMED SHE WAS THERE TWO DAYS EARLIER WHEN PATRICK WAS SHOT. THE GUN WENT OFF IN THE STRUGGLE BUT HE HAD HIS FINGER ON THE TRIGGER. SHE DID NOT. THOMPSON WAS HIS LIVEIN GIRLFRIEND, COLLEAGUE AS A POLICE OFFICER AIDE, BUT ALSO, HIS ATTORNEY SAYS, WAS HIS VICTIM OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. THESE PHOTOS, A BLACK EYE, SCRAPED CHIN, BRUISED AND GASHED ARM, HE POINTS TO AS PROOF. SHE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF MR. PATRICK. BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT HER HAND IN THE SHOOTING. WHY DIDN'T SHE STAY THERE AND CALL 911? AND WHY WAS THOMPSON CAUGHT ON CAMERA HERE, DURING ALL OF THIS, AT A STORAGE UNIT. IT'S BEEN A FOR ALL OF US. IN THE MEANTIME THE OUTCOME IS ALREADY FINAL FOR PATRICK. IT'S ALWAYS A SAD DAY WHEN YOU LOSE A LOVED ONE. SHE LOOKED AT IT LIKE SHE GOT AWAY WITH IT WITH A BIG SMILE ON HER FACE. NOW THE OUTCOME IS UNCERTAIN FOR HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND. SHE DID NOT SHOOT THE OFFICER. STILL UNCERTAIN FOR AN ENTIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT. DID YOU SHOOT YOUR BOYFRIEND? WELL, AGAIN, THOMPSON IS EXPECTED TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE BROWARD COUNTY JAIL AT ANY MOMENT NOW BUT RIGHT NOW IS STILL BEING PROCESSED HERE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AS FOR HOW LONG ALL OF THIS TOOK, WHY IT TOOK 3 WEEKS TO BRING HER IN AND WHY SHE GOT SOCALLED SPECIAL TREATMENT TONIGHT, THE MIAMI POLICE UNION, THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SAYS IT IS OUTRAGED. IT WANTS ALL OF THIS LOOKED INTO. AGAIN, THOUGH, SHE IS HERE TONIGHT BEING PROCESSED AND

Thompson, a Miami police public service aide who was Patrick's live-in girlfriend, had been considered a person of interest in the shooting.

Pembroke Pines police Capt. Al Xiques defended the amount of time it took for them to make an arrest.

"Some evidence has come back that's allowed us to prepare the case," Xiques said. "All of that hard work has brought us to the point we're at now."

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Rod Vareen, Thompson's attorney, claimed his client was "acting in self-defense." He said Thompson was defending herself during a struggle and the gun fired, but she did not have her finger on the trigger.

Vereen also provided Local 10 with photographs of injuries to Thompson that he said came at the hands of Patrick.

A key piece of evidence in the death investigation was surveillance video showing Thompson at a storage facility in North Miami hours after the shooting. It shows her dropping off baby items from Patrick's BMW.

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Personnel files reveal that Patrick and Thompson requested medical leave for a birth, possibly because they were expecting a child.

"My hope now is that this arrest brings the closure that we so desperately need in the aftermath of what has been a terrible tragedy for us all," Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said in a statement Thursday morning.