Elwood police officer shot to death during traffic stop, suspect in custody

ELWOOD, Ind. — The Elwood Police Department has identified the officer killed Sunday morning while making a traffic stop.

The officer is Noah Shahnavaz, 24, Fishers, who had served as an Elwood police officer for the past 11 months and was a five-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

The suspect in Shahnavaz’ death was identified as Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, Anderson, who is being held without bond in the Hamilton County Jail, state police said.

Boards is being held on preliminary charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and resisting law enforcement.

The Indiana State Police were requested to investigate the officer-involved shooting in which the officer was killed.

State police said that just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Shahnavaz conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Buick Lacrosse near State Road 37 and County Road 1100N in Madison County.

For an unknown reason, Boards is accused of exiting the Buick and firing multiple rounds striking the Elwood officer at least one time. Elwood officers and Madison County Sheriff’s deputies located him and administered first aid until medical personnel arrived.

Shahnavaz was transported by ambulance to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood and later flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis area hospital, where he died, state police said.

Just after 2:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department located the Buick and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Buick failed to stop and continued southbound on State Road 37. Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies continued to pursue the Buick and deployed a tire deflation device near the area of State Road 37 and 146th street. The Buick continued southbound on State Road 37 toward Interstate 69. While on Interstate 69, Fishers Police Department conducted two Precision Immobilization Techniques (PIT). After the second Precision Immobilization Technique, the vehicle stuck a the median barrier wall and became immobilized. Responding officers were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident, state police said.

Detectives with the Indiana State Police Pendleton Post were assisted in this investigation by: Troopers from the Pendleton and Indianapolis District, Detectives from the Indianapolis District, Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County EMA, Fishers Police Department, Westfield Police Department, Noblesville Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officer, Elwood Fire Department/ EMS.