Elwood, IN – A convicted felon who had opened fire on law enforcement officers in the past murdered an Elwood police officer during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, according to investigators.
The Incident began at approximately 2 a.m. on July 31, when Elwood Police Department (EPD) Officer Noah Shahnavaz stopped a 2012 Buick La Crosse near the intersection of County Road 1100 N and State Road 37, WTHR reported.
Investigators said the driver, later identified as 42-year-old career criminal Carl Roy Webb Boards, immediately opened fire on the 24-year-old officer.
“For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds, striking the officer at least one time,” the Indiana State Police (ISP) said in a press release, according to WRTV.
Police said Boards then fled the scene in the Buick, leaving the wounded officer behind.
Additional officers arrived at the scene and began rendering first aid to Officer Shahnavaz until emergency medical personnel rushed him to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy hospital in Elwood, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Officer Shahnavaz was then airlifted to another hospital in Indianapolis, where he succumbed to his wounds.
Meanwhile, deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department (HCSD) spotted the suspect vehicle on State Road 37 at approximately 2:30 a.m., WTHR reported.
Boards refused to pull over, so deputies utilized a tire deflation device near 146th Street and State Road 37.
The fleeing felon continued driving onto Interstate 69, where Fishers Police Department (FPD) officers attempted to stop him by using their patrol vehicles, WTHR reported.
The first pursuit intervention technique (PIT) attempt was not successful, but the second attempt caused Boards to crash into a median barrier, where he came to a stop.
ISP Sergeant Scott Keegan said the suspect subsequently “gave up” and was arrested “without further incident,” WRTV reported.
He was taken into custody on Interstate 69 near 106th Street, according to WTHR.
Madison County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Hannah said Boards will be formally charged on Monday with possession of a firearm by a dangerous felon, murder, and resisting law enforcement.
Hannah said additional enhancement due to Boards’ status as a habitual offender will apply, and that his office will consider pursuing the death penalty in this case, WTHR reported.
Boards was previously convicted of firing a gun at ISP officers in 2006.
His arrest record includes charges of resisting law enforcement, battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and drug offenses, WTHR reported.
Officer Shahnavaz served in the U.S. Army for five years prior to joining the EPD 11 months ago.
He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in April, WTHR reported.
Officer Shahnavaz leaves behind his parents and his siblings, Sgt. Keegan told the Indianapolis Star.
“Noah proudly wore the Elwood Police Department uniform, serving the citizens of Elwood, he was part of our city family,” Elwood Mayor Todd Jones told the paper. “On behalf of myself, my family and a most grateful city, I’m asking you to keep Noah’s family, Noah’s friends, the Elwood Police Department and our city in your thoughts and prayers as we attempt to navigate through this tragic time.”
Jones said the deadly attack on the young officer was senseless and tragic.
“A senseless act of violence robbed this young man of the life and career he had ahead of him,” the mayor said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Noah was not only part of the Elwood Police Department, he was part of our city family and we are grieving this tremendous loss, and we know we are not alone.”
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb also released a statement in the wake of the young officer’s murder.
“A family, community and state are devastated by the loss of Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz, a young public servant at the start of his law enforcement career,” Holcomb tweeted on Sunday.
“Not only did he choose to serve his fellow Americans for five years in the United States Army, he returned to Indiana to rededicate himself to serving and protecting others as a police officer for the Elwood Police Department,” Holcomb added.
“Our hearts go out to Officer Shahnavaz’s loved ones and his fellow officers,” the governor said. “Janet and I send our condolences to all who are suffering from this senseless tragedy.”
A long line of law enforcement vehicles escorted Officer Shahnavaz’s body back to Madison County on Sunday night, WRTV reported.
RIP. Indiana Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz was murdered when he was shot and killed while on a traffic stop. STOP SHOOTING MY POLICE OFFICERS!!! #rip #murdered #hero #PoliceOfficerNoahShahnavaz #ElwoodPoliceDepartment #eow #thinblueline #bluelivesmatter pic.twitter.com/nwh3qNChFt
— Protecting the Blue (@protectingblue) July 31, 2022
TRIBUTE: Officer Noah Shahnavaz EOW:7/31/22, Elwood (IN) PD is being transported back home to Madison County from INDY under the colors of the United States flag
— Rick Snyder (@RickFOP86) July 31, 2022
A growing pile of flowers on the police cruiser from community members paying their respects to the the fallen officer in Elwood. @wrtv
A press conference is scheduled for 2, where updates on what happened will be given. pic.twitter.com/Hi8IQFwtm5
— Meredith Hackler (@MhacklerTV) July 31, 2022
July 31, 2022. Career felon 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II shot and killed 24 year old rookie police officer Noah Shahnavaz while he was conducting a traffic stop Sunday morning in Elwood, IN. Where is the non stop media coverage and outrage? pic.twitter.com/qGpIcGw9D7
— Southern Man (@MagicBelle1) August 1, 2022
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