Tennessee Cop Kidnaps and Kills a Man While on Duty!
A Tennessee police officers is now behind bars after kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty. 29-year-old Patric Ferguson (left) allegedly kidnapped Robert Howard (right), 30, last week at gunpoint and then killed him. Reports say that Ferguson, who has been with the Memphis police department since 2018, used his personal handgun to force Howard into his squad car then drove him to a different location where he shot and killed him.
Ferguson then enlisted another man, identified as 28-year-old Joshua Rogers, to help him relocate and hide Howard's body.
Authorities began looking for Howard on Wednesday when his girlfriend called to the police station to report him missing. Howard's girlfriend said that she had was using an app to track Howard but he couldn't be located.
“After a review of the evidence in this case, it was found that Ferguson, acting on his own accord, armed himself with his personal handgun, encountered the victim outside the residence, and forced the victim in the rear of a squad car,” police said. “Ferguson then drove to the area of Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where he shot and killed Mr. Howard.”
The crime scene was less than half a mile from where Howard was abducted, the Commercial Appeal reported. Later, police said they had found a body believed to be Howard’s had been recovered about five miles from the crime scene and less than a mile from the Mississippi River.
According to an arrest affidavit, Howard’s girlfriend’s statements helped lead them to Ferguson as a suspect, the Commercial Appeal said.
“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,” the affidavit says.
The affidavit also says that police found evidence that showed he had bought cinder blocks, chains, and padlocks that he used to hide evidence."
Ferguson was relieved of duty and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping. Rogers was charged with accessory after the fact. Both were charged with abuse of a corpse and fabricating and tampering with evidence.
There is no word on a motive for this murder. We will have more details as they become available.