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Tennessee police officer charged in kidnap-slaying

Posted January 11, 2021 5:58 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2021 6:05 a.m. EST

This photo provided Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, by Memphis Police Department shows Memphis Police Officer Patric Ferguson, who was arrested and accused of kidnapping a man and fatally shooting him. Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday, Memphis police said in a statement Sunday on Twitter. (Memphis Police Department via AP)

— A Tennessee police officer was charged with kidnapping a man in a squad car while on duty and fatally shooting him, authorities said.

Patric Ferguson, a Memphis police officer since 2018, was charged in the death of Robert Howard, 30, of Memphis. Howard was reported missing Wednesday, Memphis police said in a statement Sunday on Twitter.

Ferguson, 29, was fired following his arrest, the statement said.

Ferguson used a personal handgun to allegedly force Howard into the back of a police car and drove him to an area where he was shot, the statement said. An acquaintance, Joshua Rogers, 28, was charged with helping Ferguson relocate Howard's body.

Ferguson was 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.

It wasn't immediately known whether Ferguson or Rogers have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

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