July 28, 2021 23:32

Memphis Officer Charged With Kidnapping, Killing Man

A Memphis police officer was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, CNN reports. Patric Ferguson, 29, allegedly shot and killed 30-year-old Robert Howard after forcing him into the back of a squad car. Howard was last seen at his home Tuesday and was reported missing by his girlfriend the next day. She was able to track his cell phone to the side of a road. Ferguson, who was on duty at the time and knew Howard, allegedly took Howard from outside his home and drove Howard about a third of a mile, where he shot him,

Investigators found internet searches for cleaning up crime scenes and destroying DNA evidence on Ferguson’s phone as well as evidence that he purchased cinder blocks, chains and other items that were later found to “hide evidence,” Memphis police said. Ferguson was arrested, relieved of duty, and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping … abuse of a corpse and tampering with or fabricating evidence. Police Director Michael Rallings said, “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.”

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