A Memphis law enforcement officer has been charged after supposedly kidnapping and shooting a male dead while on duty, cops have actually stated.
Patric Ferguson, 29, is dealing with many charges including first-degree murder, specifically intensified kidnapping, abuse of a remains and producing and tampering with evidence.
In a news release on Sunday, the Memphis Cops Department (MPD) in Tennessee stated Ferguson was fired instantly after his arrest.
According to authorities, detectives identified 30- year-old Robert Howard had actually been drawn from a home in the 3500 block of Mark Twain Street in Memphis and shot by Ferguson, who was understood to the victim.
Ferguson was on task at the time, the release stated.
” After an evaluation of the evidence in this case, it was found that Ferguson, acting on his own accord, armed himself with his personal pistol, experienced the victim outside the residence, and forced the victim in the back of a squad car,” authorities said in the release.
” Ferguson then drove to the location of Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where he shot and killed Mr. Howard.”
Cops stated officers had actually gotten a call about the missing male at around 8.30 p.m. on January 6. His girlfriend told officers that he had last been seen in the 3500 block at around 5 p.m. the day previously.
The woman likewise told authorities that she had used an app to track Howard’s cell to near Lamar Opportunity and Shelby Drive. She said she found the phone there, but didn’t discover Howard. Cops stated the missing individuals and homicide bureaus then worked together to gather extra info.
Investigators stated 28- year-old Joshua Rogers, an acquaintance of Ferguson, had helped Ferguson with moving Howard’s body after he was eliminated.
Rogers was likewise jailed and is charged with accessory after the reality, abuse of a corpse, and producing and tampering with evidence.
Ferguson has been employed by the MPD because October 2018 and was designated to the Tillman Station.
” No one is above the law. Understanding that a Memphis Law enforcement officer, someone who took an oath to safeguard and serve, made the decision to commit this horrific criminal activity is ravaging. His actions were not that of a law enforcement officer and should not reflect on fellow officers,” MPD Director Michael Rallings stated.
” Our detectives responded swiftly and did an outstanding task by determining the suspect accountable. This is an example of the professionalism and devotion that is displayed daily. Regardless of who you are, our investigators will perform an extensive examination and will seek justice for all victims.”
Ferguson was reserved into custody on Sunday, according to the Shelby County Constable’s Office. A court hearing is arranged for Monday.