Memphis cop Patric Ferguson charged with kidnapping and murdering missing man while on duty

A 29-year-old Memphis cop has been accused of kidnapping and shooting dead a 30-year-old man who went missing – while on duty.

Officer Patric Ferguson allegedly used his personal .357 Taurus revolver to force Robert Howard into the back of his squad car before fatally shooting him and disposing of the body with the help of Joshua Rogers, 28 , who was charged with aiding and abetting murder.

Memphis Police said in a statement they received a missing persons call Jan.6 at 8:30 p.m. from Howard’s girlfriend who said she was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The girlfriend used an app to locate Howard’s cell phone, which she recovered. But Howard wasn’t there.

Police said their own internal investigation led them to Ferguson, who allegedly met Howard outside a house and forced him into the team car. He then drove several blocks where he allegedly shot and killed Howard before working with Rogers to temporarily store the body. Surveillance video from a nearby facility reportedly shows Ferguson shooting in the back of his squad car.

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