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Patric Ferguson allegedly shot and killed 30-year-old Robert Howard after forcing him into the back of a squad car and taking him to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, Memphis Police (MPD) said in an affidavit.
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 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 took Howard from outside his home and forced him into the back of his patrol car, MPD said in a statement. Ferguson was “acting on his own accord,” 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 says. 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, the police statement said. Ferguson was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with 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 took an oath to protect and serve, made the decision to commit this horrific crime is devastating.”
A second person, 28-year-old Joshua Rogers, was an acquaintance of Ferguson and allegedly helped him relocate the victim’s body, police said. Rogers was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with or fabricating evidence, the MPD statement said.
It was not clear Sunday night whether Ferguson or Rogers had retained legal counsel. Ferguson was being held on no bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday morning, according to the Shelby County Jail.
Rogers was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled for his first appearance on Monday, jail records show.
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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,” the affidavit said.
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 taken from outside a home in the 3500 block of Mark Twain Street.
Investigators say, Ferguson, acting on his own accord, armed himself with his personal handgun, forced the victim into the back of a patrol car, and drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where he shot and killed him.
Investigators say Ferguson’s search history in his cell phone revealed multiple incriminating internet searches related to cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence.
Investigators also uncovered evidence showing Ferguson purchasing cinderblocks, chains and padlocks at a local hardware store. Detectives say they later obtained surveillance video capturing Ferguson shooting Howard while on-duty.