A young US Army Veteran stationed as a police officer in Madison County, Indiana, has been killed by ex-convict Carl Roy Webb Boards II.

Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz was doing routine traffic surveillance at 2 a.m. Sunday, he pulled over a 2021 Buick LaCrosse. The vehicle stopped, and its driver, Boards, immediately reacted and shot Shahnavaz multiple times. It was also reported that he struck him at least once before fleeing the crime scene. According to authorities, the altercation happened near State Road 37 and County Road 1000 N.

“Police deployed a tire deflation device and performed two PIT maneuvers, sending the Buick into a median. Boards was taken into custody without further incident,” according to reports.”

Officer Shahnavaz’s last radio to the station indicated that Boards “had a gun.” When backup arrived, they found Officer Shahnavaz in his patrol car with multiple gunshot wounds. They also found the vehicle riddled with bullet holes. The police had reported retrieving 36 casings at the crime scene.

Officer Shahnavaz was rushed to the Mercy Hospital, where medical personnel noticed his handgun was still in his holster, indicating Officer Shahnavaz did not even pull out his gun during the confrontation.

Since his case was extreme, they had to fly him via helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was pronounced dead with two gunshot wounds to the head and several others to the body.

“Based on the severe trauma to Officer Noah Shahnavaz’s body, it is unclear of the number of times that he was shot,” according to the affidavit.

The Hamilton County Deputy found the Buick around 25 minutes after Officer Shahnavaz’s last radio call. The police then found a high-capacity magazine in the car.

Ex-con attacks police for the 2nd time

Boards is an ex-con barber and has just been paroled last year, according to court records. During a police interview with his parents and his girlfriend, they discovered that Board owns a barbershop 25 miles away from Marion.

The police also visited his residence, and his neighbor said Boards was a “member of the Black Hebrew Israelites,” and he found him with a “recorded song making statements that if he was ever caught by police that he would kill them.”

Carl Roy Webb Boards II
Carl Roy Webb Boards II was arrested in 2006 after shooting at IPD officers during a traffic stop. (Source: WTHR/YouTube Screengrab)

As of writing, the police had already served a warrant on this barbershop (called Webb’s Cut Care) and found a loaded magazine along with Black Hebrew Israelite-related pamphlets.

Apparently, this is not Boards’ first encounter with a police shooting incident. In 2006, he fired six to seven shots from inside his car when police officers tried to stop him. The bullets hit the officer’s car, but the officer was not wounded.

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Indianapolis police officers chased after Boards and took him into custody. During their search, they found an AK-47 and a handgun.

The ex-con was convicted of carrying without a license and possessing a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement, possessing a controlled substance, and criminal recklessness.

Even though he pleaded not guilty, he was sentenced to jail and was released from parole on Aug. 16, 2021.

Officer Mike Kavanaugh, one of the police officers involved in his 2006 case, wrote that he was highly disappointed with Officer Shahnavaz’s killing. Read Officer Kavanaugh’s Facebook post below:

THIS ONE HURTS. I wasn’t going to post anything because I just can’t wrap my head around it. I have been asked several questions so I will give you my memory from 2006. My apologies if I’m not 100% accurate or I leave anyone out. My mind isn’t all there today…..

October 2006, one month before my first child was born. I’m working Northwest late shift (9:30 p.m.-6 a.m.) with the best officers in Indiana! Around 5 a.m. I’m sitting at the Riverside Golf Academy finishing up some paperwork. I heard 2 loud gun shots to my south. It wasn’t uncommon to hear shots around that area but this was close and a large caliber. I pulled out of the parking lot and noticed a 80s Chevy Suburban coming towards me. The driver made a very quick turn down a frontage road once he saw me. I attempted to make a traffic stop around 38th and Coldspring Rd. The driver didn’t stop. I put out on the radio that I was in vehicle pursuit. The driver was acting more like he was drunk in the way he was driving. Several officers were coming to assist me.

Kevin LaRussa II was the first officer with me. The driver pulled over in the 3400 block of White River Pkwy East Dr. Det Brad Thomas heard what was going on and arrived in a undercover car. Kevin and I got out of our cars and I took 1 step toward the Suburban I noticed a handgun pointed at us from the drivers side window. He had the drop on me. I dove behind my car at the same time the shots rang out. The driver shot 8 times with a .40 caliber handgun. 3 of the rounds struck the front of my police car and then he sped away at a high rate of speed. Kevin and I came up to return fire and immediately noticed the condo building in the background. Neither of us fired in fear of missing and hitting someone in that building.

The pursuit continued for approximately 12 minutes all over the northwest side of the city. When something like this happens officers come from every corner of the county! Marlin Sechrist, Tim Blackwell, Andy Rolinson, and several others. LT. Mark McCardia and Deputy Jason Jordan with the Marion County Sheriffs Dept. came to assist and were trained PIT cars. As we crossed over I65 on Kessler Blvd N Dr, Lt. McCardia did a PIT and put the driver into the wall. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle. In the car was the .40 cal Taurus handgun he shot at us with and an AK47 with a 100 round drum magazine, loaded. There was also a brass catcher with 2 spent casings in it. That was the 2 shots I originally heard.

THE DRIVER WAS CARL BOARDS, WHO JUST KILLED ELWOOD OFFICER NOAH SHAHNAVAZ.

During my incident Boards was charged with attempted murder and found not guilty by a Marion County jury. He was found guilty of criminal recklessness and had enhancements for being a habitual offender. Boards was given 25 years by Judge Stoner and served 13 years.

Officer SHAHNAVAZ should still be alive. Boards should still be in prison. I’m not going to say much more about this. I just wanted to give a little background about what happened to us in 2006. PLEASE…if you see a police officer, shake their hand. We don’t want to be rich, we don’t want big awards, we just want to help and keep people safe. That’s our job. Most of us wouldn’t trade it for anything!

PLEASE pray for this officers family and the Elwood Police Dept.

Elwood Mayor Todd Jones also expressed his deep regret during a press conference.

“Noah proudly wore the Elwood Police Department uniform, serving the citizens of Elwood; he was part of our city family. A senseless act of violence robbed this man of the life and career that he had ahead of him. On behalf of myself, my family and a most grateful city, I’m asking you to keep Noah’s family, friends, the Elwood Police Department and our city in your thoughts and prayers as we attempt to navigate through this tragic time.”

Officer Shahnavaz died at the young age of 24 and left behind his parents and siblings.

“When’s it going to stop? I wish I had the answer. This young man served this country for five years and chose to come back and serve a local community,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said Sunday.