On July 31, 2022, a man in Indiana allegedly jumped out of his car during a traffic stop and ignited a fire. Noah Shahnavaz, a young Indiana police officer, was killed as a result. Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was an Elwood Police Department veteran of 11 months and a five-year military veteran.
In connection with the incident, Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, of Anderson, was captured and arrested. According to Andrew Hanna, Madison County’s senior deputy prosecutor, Boards was taken to the Hamilton County jail and will be charged with chronic offender murder with a handgun enhancement.
At around 2 a.m., Noah Shahnavaz allegedly pulled over a 2012 Buick LaCrosse at the crossroads of State Road 37 and County Road 1100 North. The reason for the traffic stop was not disclosed by the cops.
Boards then disembarked the Buick and fired six rounds, at least one of which struck Shahnavaz before fleeing the scene. Shahnavaz was injured during the event, according to Elwood and Madison County authorities, and attempts were made to rescue him until medical assistance arrived.
Soon after, Shahnavaz was transported to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood before being helicoptered to an Indianapolis-area hospital. He tragically perished as a result of his injuries.
Before 2:30 a.m., Hamilton County police officers discovered the Buick heading south on State Board 37. Officers pursued the Buick and deflated its tires in the same location. Fisher’s police officers drove the vehicle to Interstate 69, where they used two “precise immobilization techniques.”
The car, according to reports, collided with the median barrier wall. Boards were eventually caught. He was being held without bail in the Hamilton County jail on Sunday.
Elwood officials and residents are mourning Noah Shahnavaz’s death. Elwood Mayor Todd Jones expressed his difficulty in finding the perfect words to console Noah Shahnavaz’s family and the community.
“This young man’s life and career were taken away by a senseless act of violence.”
Several Elwood and nearby area people gathered in front of the Elwood Government Building soon before a 2 p.m. news conference, twelve hours after the horrible tragedy. Lindy Walker and Donna Williams were among them.
Williams claims that:
“All of these officers are being assassinated.
It breaks my heart.
“I hope this individual is held accountable for what he did to the cops.”
The officer did not deserve to be killed in thisp way.”
Another resident, Bill Partlow, came from Frankton to convey his condolences. Bill Partlow was a former firefighter, and his brother, Shane Partlow, was a former deputy. Both were caught aback by the encounter and issued a statement saying:
“Whether we’re retired or not, we’re all brothers as first responders.”
It is really personal to each of us.
This was not something we expected to happen here.”
Elwood police officer was slain in the line of duty for the second time on Sunday. Willard S. VanHorn was slain while responding to a burglary on July 1, 1932.