Monday, January 11, 2021

Memphis Cop Charged With Kidnapping and Murdering Missing Man While on Duty

Shelby County Jail

A 29-year-old Memphis cop has been charged for kidnapping and fatally shooting a 30-year-old man who was reported as missing—while on duty.

Officer Patric Ferguson allegedly used his .357 Taurus personal 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 has been charged as an accessory to murder.

Memphis police said in a statement that they received a missing persons call Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m. from Howard’s girlfriend who said he was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The girlfriend used an app to track down Howard’s cellphone, which she retrieved. But Howard was not there.

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

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