In a tragic story that underscores the dangers that face America’s law enforcement heroes and and every day, Elwood, Indiana police officer Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was shot and killed on Sunday while attempting to make a traffic stop, and the man accused in his death is no stranger to the system, as Indianapolis NBC affiliate station WTHR reports.
According to Indiana State Police, Shahnavaz was in the process of stopping a 2012 Buick in Madison County shortly after 2 a.m., and things took a deadly turn when the driver of the vehicle – later identified as 42-year-old Carl Roy Webb Boards II – exited the vehicle and began firing multiple rounds at the officer, hitting him several times.
Fellow officers who responded to the scene rendered first aid to Shahnavaz until he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, and though he was ultimately transferred to a facility in Indianapolis, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Officers with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department subsequently attempted to apprehend Boards on State Road 37 by using a tire deflation device, and though he continued on to Interstate 69, he eventually crashed into a median barrier and was taken into custody.
On Monday, Boards was charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, and resisting law enforcement, and according to WTHR, his criminal record is lengthy and dates back many years, with drug and weapons violations, resisting arrest, and criminal recklessness among the offenses for which he has been convicted.
According to CBS News, Boards – who was just released from parole one year ago – owns a Marion, Indiana barber shop, and in an interview with a man who resides in an apartment located just above the business, it was revealed that the accused murderer once recorded a song indicating that if he was ever apprehended by police, he planned to kill them.
While the criminal case against Boards begins making its way through the courts, Elwood and surrounding communities are remembering Shahnavaz as a dedicated public servant who had been on the job for 11 months after having spent five years in the Army.
Nolan Demers, a friend who served in the military with Shahnavaz explained, “He was was everything you’d want in a police officer; every attribute, every characteristic. He just pursued his dreams and he wouldn’t let anything get in the way of that.”
Local school superintendent, Dr. Yvonne Stokes, poignantly noted that “Noah’s passing is a reminder of the dangers our brave men and women willingly face every day to keep us safe,” and hopefully justice will ultimately be done in Boards’ case on behalf of the friends, family, and grateful community members he leaves behind.