Memphis officer arrested after kidnapping, murdering acquaintance whereas on duty, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis police officer is accused of kidnapping and murdering a man whereas he turned into on obligation, investigators stated.

The Memphis Police branch stated Officer Patric Ferguson held Robert Howard at gunpoint Tuesday and put him within the returned of his patrol car before fatally shooting him, WHBQ mentioned.

Ferguson, an officer considering that October 2018, and Howard previously knew every other, investigators talked about.

Ferguson, armed with his own firearm, confronted Howard, 30, in front of the victim’s residence, officials observed. Ferguson then pressured Howard into the lower back of his patrol automobile. They drove to one other enviornment, where Ferguson fatally shot Howard. Joshua Rogers, an acquaintance of Ferguson’s, helped him stream Howard’s body, ABC news suggested.

Ferguson, 29, turned into arrested Sunday and automatically relieved of responsibility. He changed into charged with first-degree murder, first-diploma murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with proof, in keeping with arrest records.

Rogers, 28, turned into arrested and charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence.

The reason for the killing is still uncertain.

Ferguson has confessed to the crimes, based on investigators.

“no one is above the law. figuring out that a Memphis Police Officer, someone who took an oath to give protection to and serve, made the decision to commit this horrific crime is devastating. His moves were not that of a law enforcement officer and should now not consider fellow officers,” agency Director Michael Rallings said in a press release. “Our investigators spoke back unexpectedly and did a pretty good job through choosing the suspect accountable. this is an instance of the professionalism and dedication it really is displayed daily. regardless of who you are, our investigators will behavior a thorough investigation and will searching for justice for all victims.”