ELWOOD — An Elwood police officer died early Sunday morning after a shooting, according to Indiana State Police.
According to the ISP, at around 2 a.m., Constable Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100N in Madison County.
“For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple bullets striking the officer at least once. Before other officers arrived, the suspect fled the scene,” ISP wrote in A press release.
Shahnavaz was taken to a hospital in Elwood before being flown to Indianapolis. He later died from injuries sustained in the shooting.
A growing heap of flowers on the police cruiser from members of the community paying their respects to the deceased officer in Elwood. @wrtv
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Just after 2:30 a.m., the suspect’s vehicle was located by Hamilton County deputies. Deputies attempted to do a traffic stop, but say the suspect drove off and eventually ended up on I-69. At one point, the suspect hit a median barrier. He was taken into custody and “relinquished without further incident”, according to ISP Sergeant Scott Keegan.
Elwood Police told a Sunday afternoon news conference that Shahnavaz had been with the department for 11 months and had been an Army veteran for five years.
Shahnavaz is survived by his parents and siblings. He graduated in 2016 from Fishers High School, according to the district.
Madison County Chief Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hanna said his office plans to file formal charges against the suspect on Monday. The suspect has been identified as Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, of Anderson.
Hanna says they plan to press charges for murder, possession of a firearm by a violent criminal, and resisting law enforcement.
“After reviewing all the evidence and talking with the family and everyone involved, we will decide whether or not to seek the death penalty,” Hanna said.
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Boards is currently being held in Hamilton County Jail without bond.
“Noah proudly wore the uniform of the Elwood Police Department, serving the citizens of Elwood. He was part of our town’s family. A senseless act of violence robbed this young man of his life and career. he had in front of him,” Elwood Mayor Todd Jones said. said. “On my behalf, on behalf of my family, and a very grateful city, I ask that you keep Noah’s family, Noah’s friends, the Elwood Police Department, and our city in your thoughts and prayers then that we are trying to get through this tragic time.”
ISP Superintendent Doug Carter offered his agency’s resources to support Elwood.
“When is this going to stop? I wish I had the answer. This young man served this country for five years and has chosen to come back and serve [the] local community,” Carter said.
Carter says he visited Officer Shahnavaz’s family earlier on Sunday. An account will be opened for the officer’s family at Chase Bank by noon Monday, Carter said.
Shahnavaz’s body was returned to Madison County on Sunday evening.
Hometown hero honored
Friends remember Elwood policeman Noah Shahnavaz as a talented musician at Fishers High School. A friend tells us that Noah loved this country, his work and his family with everything he had. He graduated from Fishers High in 2016. @wrtv pic.twitter.com/Gl9iOHkeDy
— Rafael Sanchez (@RafaelOnTV) August 1, 2022
Students are asked to wear black and/or blue to school Monday at Elwood Elementary School in support of Shahnavaz.
The Elwood High School Athletic Department is currently accepting donations for the police department and Shahvanaz’s family.
Those interested in donating are asked to call or text 765-617-0212.
Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement Sunday evening.
“A family, a community and a 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 U.S. Army, but returned to Indiana to rededicate himself to serving and protecting others as a police officer with the Elwood Police Department.Our hearts go out to those close to the Officer Shahnavaz and his fellow officers Janet and I send our condolences to all who suffer from this senseless tragedy.”
Governor Eric Holcomb
In a Facebook post, the Madison County Sheriff said, “Prayers. Insane act. Please join us in restraining Elwood PD officers and their families.”
The Elwood Police Department announced Monday that a vigil will be held at 7 p.m. by the Elwood Municipal Building at 1505 South B Street for Shahnavaz.
In the event of inclement weather, the wake will be moved to the gymnasium at Elwood Junior-Senior High School, 1137 N. 19th St.
The Fairmount Police Department announced it would be collecting donations for the officer’s family.
The shooting comes five years after the week in which Southport Lieutenant Aaron Allen was shot and killed. He was killed on July 27, 2017.
Many first responder agencies in central Indiana expressed their condolences on Facebook.
Our deepest condolences to #Elwood Police Department and the family, friends and co-workers of the officer killed in the line of duty this morning. Our hearts are heavy for your loss. #EOW pic.twitter.com/V5dSHBipiu
— FBI Indianapolis (@FBIIIndianapolis) July 31, 2022
Obviously, the loss of any life is devastating. The loss of a young officer’s life at the start of what was hoped to be many years of public service is particularly painful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shahnavaz family and his police family at Elwood PD. In the coming days, you will see the outpouring of love and support the Hoosiers have for their men and women in law enforcement. Embrace this, remember this and never forget this officer’s extreme sacrifice he made to protect the citizens of Elwood.
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