ELWOOD, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana State Police are investigating a shooting that left an Elwood Police Department officer dead.
It happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning in Elwood. That’s about 80 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.
24-year-old Noah Shahnavaz of Fishers, Indiana, an Elwood Police officer, was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100N. The suspect, 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II of Anderson, Indiana, left his car for an unknown reason and fired multiple rounds, striking Shahnavaz, according police.
Shahnavaz was a five year veteran of the United States Army and proudly served the Elwood community for the past 11 months.
Police say Boards left the scene in his car after the shooting. When more officers arrived on the scene, life-saving measures were given to Shahnavaz before medics arrived.
Shahnavaz was taken to an area hospital and then flown to an Indianapolis hospital. He was pronounced dead at the Indianapolis hospital.
Governor Eric Holcomb offered the following statement regarding Shahnavaz’s death:
A family, community, and state are devastated by the loss of Officer Noah Shahnavaz, a young public servant at the start of his law enforcement career. 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. Our hearts go out to Officer Shahnavaz’s loved ones and his fellow officers. Janet and I send our condolences to all who are suffering from this senseless tragedy.
ISP said just after 2:30 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department located Boards’ car and initiated a traffic stop. The car did not stop and continued to drive southbound on State Road 37. Sheriff’s deputies deployed a tire deflation device, but the car continued toward I-69.
Fishers Police officers tried to stop the car using Precision Immobilization Techniques (PIT). After a second PIT, Boards’ car struck a median barrier. Officers took Boards into custody without further incident.
Boards is being held in jail without bond. These are his charges:
1. Murder, a felony
2. Possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a level “4” Felony
3. Resisting Law Enforcement, a level “6” Felony
The Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation created an official memorial fund in honor of Shahnavaz. The foundation has been designated by the Elwood Police Department as the official fundraiser to accept monetary donations on behalf of the family.
Organizers said anyone wishing to donate can visit any First Merchant Bank and reference the Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation. Donations are also accepted online.*
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