A Memphis police officer has been charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty

A Memphis police officer was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, 警察は言った.

Patric Ferguson, 29, 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.
ファーガソン, 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 wasacting on his own accord,” 警察は言った.
Ferguson then allegedly drove Howard about a third of a mile, where he shot him, the MPD statement says.
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 tohide evidence,” 宣誓供述書は言った.
Surveillance video obtained by police also showedthe shooting of the victim while Ferguson was on duty,” 宣誓供述書によると.
Ferguson was arrested and immediately relieved of duty, 警察の声明は言った.
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, 警察は言った.
Joshua Rogers

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, 刑務所の記録は示しています.
CNN has reached out to the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office but has not heard back.