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A Memphis Officer Kidnapped and Killed a Man While On Duty

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A Memphis police officer has been charged after allegedly kidnapping and shooting a man dead while on duty, police have stated. Patric Ferguson, a 29-year-old man, is facing numerous charges including first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and fabricating and tampering with evidence.

The Memphis Police Department (MPD) in Tennessee said in a news release on Sunday that Ferguson was fired immediately after his arrest. Ferguson had been employed by the MPD since October 2018. According to police, investigators determined 30-year-old Robert Howard had been taken from a residence in Memphis and shot by Ferguson, who was known to the victim, and on duty at the time.

Police said in the release, “After a review of the evidence in this case, it was found that Ferguson, acting on his own accord, armed himself with his personal handgun, encountered the victim outside the residence, and forced the victim in the rear of a squad car. Ferguson then drove to the area of Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where he shot and killed Mr. Howard.” Investigators said 28-year-old Joshua Rogers, an acquaintance of Ferguson, had helped Ferguson with moving Howard’s body after he was killed. Rogers was also arrested and is being charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence.

MPD Director Michael Rallings said, "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. His actions were not that of a law enforcement officer and should not reflect on fellow officers.”

Ferguson was booked into custody on Sunday, with a court hearing scheduled for Monday.

Source: Newsweek