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Patric Ferguson allegedly shot and killed 30-year-old Robert Howard after forcing him into the back of a police car and taking him to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, Memphis police (MPD) said in an affidavit.
Howard was last seen at his home on Tuesday and his girlfriend reported him missing the next day. She was able to trace his cell phone on the side of a highway near Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, according to an affidavit obtained by CNN.
Ferguson, who was on duty at the time and knew Howard, allegedly pulled Howard out of his home and forced him into the back of his cruiser, MPD said in a statement. Ferguson was “acting of his own free will,” police said.
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Patric Ferguson is 29 years old.
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Ferguson then allegedly drove Howard about a third of a mile, where he shot him, the MPD statement said. Surveillance video obtained by police also showed “the shooting of the victim while Ferguson was on duty,” according to the affidavit.
Ferguson was arrested and immediately relieved of duty from him, according to the police statement. Ferguson was charged with first degree murder, first degree murder perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and tampering or fabricating evidence, according to the MPD.
“No one is above the law,” MPD Director Michael Rallings said in a statement. “Knowing that a Memphis police officer, someone who has sworn to protect and serve, made the decision to commit this horrible crime is devastating.”
A second person, Joshua Rogers, 28, was an acquaintance of Ferguson and allegedly helped him relocate the victim’s body, police said. Rogers was also arrested and charged with complicity after the fact, abuse of a corpse and tampering or fabricating evidence, according to the MPD statement.
It was unclear Sunday night whether Ferguson or Rogers had hired an attorney. Ferguson was being held without bail and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday morning, according to the Shelby County Jail.
Rogers was released on $ 25,000 bond and is scheduled for his first appearance on Monday, jail records show.
Investigators found Internet searches to clean up crime scenes and destroy DNA evidence on Ferguson’s phone, as well as evidence that he purchased cinder blocks, chains and other items that were later found to “conceal evidence,” according to the affidavit. .
During the investigation, MPD says detectives determined through evidence and information from the victim’s girlfriend that Ferguson was involved in Howard’s disappearance. Investigators say Howard was kidnapped outside of a home in the 3500 block of Mark Twain Street.
Investigators say Ferguson, acting on his behalf, armed himself with his personal pistol, forced the victim into the back of a police car and drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where he shot and killed him. .
Investigators say Ferguson’s search history on his cell phone revealed multiple incriminating Internet searches related to crime scene cleaning and how to destroy DNA evidence.
Investigators also uncovered evidence showing that Ferguson purchased concrete blocks, chains, and padlocks from a local hardware store. Detectives say they later obtained surveillance video that captured Ferguson shooting Howard while he was on duty.