Elwood Police officer killed in the line of duty

ELWOOD – The Indiana State Police, at the request of the Elwood Police Department, are investigating an officer-involved shooting in which an Elwood Police Department Officer was killed.

A preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives revealed Sunday, just after 2:00 a.m., an Elwood Police Officer, 24-year-old Noah Shahnavaz, of Fishers, conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Buick LaCrosse near the intersection of State Road 37 and County Road 1100N in Madison County, Indiana.

For an unknown reason, the suspect, 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II, of Anderson, exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds striking the officer at least one time. 

Before additional officers arrived, the Boards fled from the scene in the Buick.

Responding officers from Elwood Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Department located the wounded officer and administered life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived. The officer was transported by ambulance to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy in Elwood and later flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Noah Shahnavaz

Shahnavaz was a five-year veteran of the United States Army and proudly served the Elwood community for the past 11 months. 

Just after 2:30 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department located the Buick and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The drive, Boards failed to stop and continued south 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 south 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 Boards into custody without further incident.

Boards was arrested on charges of murder, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Hamilton County Jail without bond.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of Elwood police officer Noah Shahnavaz:

“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, but he also 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.”

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.