Wounded detective 'ecstatic' to learn fugitive was killed

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 5:22 PM

GRAPEVINE -- The Miami-Dade detective who was stabbed in a Grapevine Walmart parking lot is expected to head home to Miami in the coming days, but exactly when is unclear.

His long-time girlfriend, Marinka Stuvel, spoke to reporters Monday morning at a Grapevine hotel where Jamie Pardinas has been staying.

"He's doing well. He's recovering day by day, he's getting a little bit better," Stuvel said.

Doctors expect Pardinas to make a full recovery after police say he was stabbed multiple times by an inmate. Alberto Morales, 42, was being transported from Miami to Las Vegas last week when he stabbed Pardinas with a pair of broken eye glasses.

A manhunt that lasted five days ended Friday night. Police investigating a break in at a Grapevine residence were tipped off that Morales might be in the area when the victims reported men's clothing and jewelry had been stolen.

Police found Morales just a few miles from where he had escaped.

"We all rushed to the hospital and pretty much ran in," Stuvel said. "We didn't care what protocol was in the hospital at that moment, we just rushed through the door to his room and told him. He was ecstatic."

Police shot and killed Morales after he threatened the officers with sticks. It marked the end of a week of tension and worry.

"It gives us a sense of closure," Stuvel said. "As a family, now we can move forward in healing and making sure that he gets better."

Stuvel wouldn't tell reporters what Pardinas said about the attack, or how it happened. Instead, they're choosing to focus on his recovery.

After it was believed Pardinas might speak publicly for the first time, the 54-year-old detective decided not to speak to reporters Monday morning.

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