Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.
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• 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.
• Officer Shahnavaz is the third of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2022.