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Tennessee police officer charged in kidnap-slaying

January 11, 2021 GMT
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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)
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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)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (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.

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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.