Atlanta Police Officer Arrested For Murdering Woman!


Hapeville police have arrested an Atlanta police officer wanted on murder charges.

Police issued a wanted poster for Tahreem Zeus Rana, 23, on Wednesday.

They say he is a city of Atlanta police officer and their No. 1 suspect in the death of 26-year-old Vernicia Woodard.

A Hapeville city worker found Woodard’s body on fire along Elm Street on Friday. 

The GBI was called in to help, and investigators say the body was lit on fire in an effort to destroy evidence.

Officers arrested Rana around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They say he was headed to Monterey, Mexico, which may have been a stop on the way to India. Rana was on the no-fly list. 

Hapeville police say Rana will be charged with murder, arson and kidnapping. Channel 2 Action News cameras captured Rana being walked into the Hapeville police department for questioning.

Police believe Rana met Woodard on Craigslist. She leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter.   

Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News, “We are shocked and saddened by these developments.  The officer has been relieved from duty, and is in a non-enforcement status.”

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner will hold an emergency hearing on the case on Thursday.

Rana grew up in Hapeville and one of the detectives involved in the case says he has known Rana since he was a kid.

“I’ve been a police officer in city of Hapeville for 15 years and actually saw this young man grow up and heard him say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a police officer,” Det. Stephen Cushing said. “And then, later, to be the one that is actually investigating him in this case.”

Stay with and Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story.


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