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Police officer fatally shoots and burns woman he met on Craigslist

By Mason White 11:04 AM September 3, 2014
Tahreem Zeus Rana and Vernicia Woodard 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested on charges of murder after he allegedly killed a woman he met on Craigslist, police in Georgia said.

23-year-old Atlanta Police Officer Tahreem Zeus Rana, was arrested as he was trying to board a flight to Mexico.

A Hapeville city employee found the burned body of 26-year-old Vernicia Woodard, on Elm Street. Police said that the woman was shot several times before being set on fire.

According to the police investigation, Rana and Woodard met through Craigslist for a romantic encounter.

“We are shocked and saddened by these developments. The officer has been relieved of his duties. Chief Turner will schedule an emergency hearing today to determine the next course of action. We must allow the justice system to take its course. These are clearly very disturbing allegations that are not in line with the expectations we have for our officers, and will be dealt with immediately,” a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said.

Woodard had just moved to Atlanta from New York, before hooking up with the officer.