Police Officer
Noah Jacob Shahnavaz
Elwood Police Department
Sunday, July 31, 2022

Age: 24
Served: 11 months
Badge #: 39
Panel 59W, Line 34 (2023)
Included (2023)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, July 31, 2022
02:05 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 37 near County Road 1000 North
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Pipe Creek
Weapon Used:
AK-47 assault rifle
Suspect Disposition:
Awaiting trial
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Officer Noah Shahnavaz was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop southbound on State Road 37 south of County Road 1000 North.

   A man exited the driver's door and fired 36 rounds, striking Officer Shahnavaz multiple times before fleeing in his vehicle. Officers responding to his last radio transmission that the driver had a gun found him in his squad car with his service weapon holstered.

   Officer Shahnavaz was initially transported to Ascension St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood before being airlifted to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital, a trauma center in Indianapolis, where he died.

   The suspect's vehicle was seen a short time later in Hamilton County and after leading police on a 9-mile pursuit, he was taken into custody on Interstate 69 south of 106th Street in Fishers when his vehicle was forced into a median barrier.

   The 42-year-old convicted felon has been charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, resisting law enforcement and an habitual offender.

   Officer Shahnavaz was single and survived by his parents, Matthew and Laurie (née Bousman); brother, Elijah; sister, Sarah; paternal grandparents, Jalalledin and Nahid Shahnavaz; and maternal grandmother, Barbara Batson. His father serves as a reserve officer with the department.

Military Service

United States Army
Sergeant (SGT) ▪ 2016–2021

Military Police Corps
89th Military Police Brigade

Memorial Tribute

• In 2023, a Memorial Mile was designated on State Road 13, from 1795 South Anderson Street to one mile south on State Road 13, in his honor.

Historical Notes

• Officer Shahnavaz is the fourth of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2022.
• He is the second line of duty death of the Elwood Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the 14th that has originated from Madison County.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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