omg it’s real. Lord let her rest in peace. My God…..
HAPEVILLE, GA (CBS46) -
Police have arrested an Atlanta police officer accused of shooting a woman and burning her body in Hapeville.
The Hapeville Police Department issued arrest warrants for Tahreem Zeus Rana on the charges of murder, arson and kidnapping. He was arrested around 9 a.m. Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport attempting to get on a flight to Mexico.
On Aug. 22, a Hapeville city employee found the body of a woman on fire at the end of Elm Street.
Police said the woman, Vernicia Woodard, 26, was shot multiple times and set on fire.
"First he took her to a secluded area to do the crime and then after killing her, he used some kind of fuel to light the body on fire in order to cover up any type of evidence that may be there," said Detective Stephen Cushing.
Hapeville police said Rana and Woodard met on Craigslist for a “romantic exchange” and the night she was killed was the first time they had met in person.
Rana was questioned Wednesday by police. Later in the day evidence at the scene and Internet correspondence led them to consider him a suspect, but police couldn’t find him.
Rana is currently employed by the City of Atlanta Police Department as a police officer. He was supposed to go to work Wednesday night but never showed up.
Police put Rana on the no-fly list, let him get through security to ensure he was not armed, then moved in to arrest him.