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

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Memphis police officer was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of a man while on duty, police said.

(CNN)A Memphis police officer was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, police said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ferguson was being held on no bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday morning, according to the Shelby County Jail.

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