FOX13 EXCLUSIVE: Memphis mayor discusses MPD officer accused of murder on duty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mayor Jim Strickland spoke exclusively to FOX13 about the Memphis Police Department officer accused of kidnapping and murder while on duty.

The officer, Patric Ferguson, was arrested and immediately fired, according to MPD.

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Strickland said he was “horrified” to learn about Ferguson’s actions.

“It was good investigative work,” Strickland said. “We’ve got video of the actual murder and he confessed.”

Ferguson is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and fabrication and tampering with evidence.

Strickland said he hopes Ferguson will be in prison for the rest of his life.

The victim, Robert Howard, was found on Jan. 10 at Second Street and the Wolf River bridge, according to MPD.

Stories like this one hurt the credibility of the police department and police in general, Strickland said.

MPD Director Mike Rallings will speak about Ferguson’s arrest later today, Strickland said.

FOX13 will carry the news conference live here