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Second Fayetteville police officer faces multiple criminal charges


A second Fayetteville Police officer has been arrested within less than two months and charged with criminal activity,

Tamyra Billings, 31, who was hired in 2021, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of misdemeanor obstruction of justice, one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and willfully failing to discharge duties, according to Fayetteville Police Chief Kem Braden.

“She was arrested at her home about two hours ago,” Braden said at news conference just before midnight. “She was scheduled to work (Wednesday), but she called in sick.”

Billings has been placed on administrative leave with pay, Braden said, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The internal investigation is separate from the criminal investigation, according to the FPD. 

Braden said he was apprised of the matter on Sunday by a detective within his department. Multiple detectives and FPD command staff followed up on the allegations.

“It’s not taken lightly,” Braden said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the case, Braden said, regarding additional federal charges.

Back on Oct. 10, Officer Izreal Gear-Johnson, 23 was arrested and charged with two counts of willfully failing to discharge duties, common law obstruction of justice, conspiracy and maintaining a dwelling for keeping controlled substances.

Gear-Johnson was sworn in as an FPD officer in June of 2022.

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961.