Memphis cop charged with kidnapping, murdering man while on-duty
- A Memphis police officer was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and killing a man while on-duty last week, the department announced Saturday.
- Patric Ferguson, 29, an officer with the Memphis Police Department since 2018, is charged with murdering 30-year-old Robert Howard, according to police.
- “No one is above the law. Knowing that a Memphis Police Officer, someone who took an oath to protect and serve, made the decision to commit this horrific crime is devastating,” Memphis Police Department Director Michael Rallings said in a statement posted to Facebook.
- Ferguson is accused of first kidnapping Howard from his home and forcing the victim into his patrol car, police said.
- The suspect, who has since been fired from the department, then allegedly drove to another area and in the city and fatally shot Howard, authorities said.
- With the help of an acquaintance, identified by police as 28-year-old Joshua Rogers, Ferguson relocated Howard’s body.
- A body, which is believed to be Howard, has been recovered, police said.
- Authorities said Ferguson and the victim knew each other, but did not elaborate.
- Howard’s girlfriend reported him missing last Wednesday and told police he had last been seen a day earlier.
- In addition to murder, Ferguson was charged with kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and fabricating and tampering with evidence.
- Rogers was charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse and fabricating and tampering with evidence.
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