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Atlanta Officer Charged with Murder After Capture at Airport

September 02, 2014  | 

Hapeville, Ga., police have arrested an Atlanta police officer wanted in the murder of 26-year-old Vernicia Woodard.

A Hapeville city worker found Woodard’s body on fire along Elm Street on Aug. 22, WSB-TV reports.

"He took her to a secluded area to do the crime and then, after killing her, used some kind of fuel to light her body on fire," said Hapeville police Detective Stephen Cushing.

Officers arrested Tahreem Zeus 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 booked Rana into the Fulton County jail Thursday on charges of murder, arson, kidnapping and tampering with evidence in the killing of 26-year-old Woodard. He is accused of shooting her multiple times last Friday.

Comments (5)

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Jennifer Fuller @ 9/2/2014 4:21 PM

I am unclear as to how an officer is on a "no-fly" list. How would he still be an officer?

TheRookie @ 9/2/2014 4:29 PM

L.E. Agencies need to STOP with the PC crap. This guy should have never ever been a Police Officer within the United States of America. This is the same type of Police Officers they employ in Pakistan, India, Turkey, etc. Absolutely disgraceful for the Atlanta P.D. or any other agency who don't do their home work. It's called a background check for a reason.

corbin @ 9/2/2014 5:02 PM

How did he get pass the psychological exam..smh.

Tim Dees @ 9/2/2014 5:03 PM

Someone can pass a pre-hire background investigation, including a psychological screening, and still be or turn into someone dangerous. No screening tool is foolproof.

It's likely he was placed on the no-fly list when the arrest warrant is issued and he was perceived as a flight risk. You can't fire a police officer solely because he has been accused of a crime. Like everyone else in the USA, he is entitled to due process. It's likely he was already suspended and stripped of his police powers when the arrest warrant was issued.

Concered Citizen @ 9/2/2014 5:17 PM

Place of Birth Unknown? How the %$^%$^&%^! Did he have a job? How about E-Verfy? Duh! If you have no idea on a Birth Place, how can that make him Legal if he Gamed The System? There are lots of US Citizens that would love to help LEOs, and the Citizen Pop. And they can pass Background Checks! The same hoops to get a GUN! If Tahreem Zeus Rana had nothing to verify his Birthplace? HOW THE HELL DID HE GET FIREARMS AND BADGE?! And..BTW he killed someone! Law abiding citizens who jump though hoops have to put up with Illegals, and Unscreened Foreigners allowed to be in positions of Power! Stop with the PC Garbage! There are good Citizens out there if PDs HIRE THEM! Not based Ethnicity, Skin color etc. But on Content of Character!

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