Five-year military veteran and Eldwood police officer Noah Shahnavas, 24, was shot and killed early Sunday morning while conducting a routine traffic stop.
The suspect in the killing, Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, had stopped his vehicle for no apparent reason, exited his car, shot multiple rounds at the officer and fled the scene.
He was later apprehended after a vehicle pursuit by law enforcement.
After the incident, Shahnavas was taken to an Elwood hospital, then transported by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital — where he tragically succumbed to his injuries. The officer and veteran leaves behind a mother, father, and siblings.
“For an unknown reason, the suspect exited his vehicle and shot multiple rounds striking the officer at least one time,” Indiana State Police (ISP) said.
Boards is being held without bond and is set to be charged on Monday with possession of a firearm by a serious felon, resisting a police officer, and murder. The death penalty is being considered.
In addition to Shahnavaz’s military service, he served the local police department and his community for 11 months. The Eldwood Mayor asked its citizens to keep Shahnvaz’s friends, family, the police department, and the city in their prayers.
This is not Boards’ first criminal act, nor is it his first time shooting a police officer. He has a criminal past with several prior criminal convictions, Madison County Prosecutor Andrew Hanna revealed.
“A look at Boards’ lengthy criminal history shows he was sentenced to a 25-year aggravated sentence in connection to a 2006 incident in which he shot at Indianapolis police officers,” Fox 59 reported.
“According to a response to an appeal filed on behalf of Boards, Boards pointed a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun at two Indianapolis police officers who had attempted to pull him over for not using a turn signal on November 30, 2006.”
Boards was also reportedly found guilty back in 2007 of criminal recklessness, possession of ecstasy, resisting law enforcement and carrying a firearm without a license.
Board’s sentence was supposed to end on August 21, 2011, but due to his possession of a deadly weapon charge, he was not released until August 16, 2019, according to the Department of Corrections database.