A paroled ex-convict has been accused of shooting dead a rookie Indiana police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend after making music about killing officers, police said.
Carl Boards II, 42, was charged on Monday with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and two counts of resisting law enforcement, a day after Elwood police officer Noah Shahnavaz was gunned down in Madison County northeast of Indianapolis.
Shahnavaz, a 24-year-old first-year officer, was shot in the head after stopping Boards’ 2012 Buick LaCrosse around 2 a.m. Sunday. Investigators found 36 rifle bullet casings and damage to the patrol car’s hood, windshield and driver’s door.
Shahnavaz’s gun was still in its holster when he was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was pronounced dead, police said in a court filing cited by Indianapolis Star.
Boards was apprehended a short time later after leading police on a chase. Officers said they found in his possession a 9mm handgun. A search of his car turned up an AK-47-style rifle with a high-capacity magazine.
Boards owns a barber shop in Marion, Indiana. Police went to the business and interviewed a man who lives in an apartment upstairs.
The man indicated that Boards “made a recorded song making statements that if he was ever caught by police that he would kill them,” said Richard Clay of the Indiana State Police.
Inside the barbershop, investigators allegedly discovered literature that “appeared to be consistent with the Black Hebrew Israelite philosophy.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, some sects of Black Hebrew Israelites are anti-Semitic and racist. Their adherents believe “that white people are agents of Satan, Jews are liars and false worshipers of God, and blacks are the true ‘chosen people’ and are racially superior to other ethnicities,” according to the organization.
Boards has an extensive criminal record that dates to 1999 and includes a laundry list of more than a dozen convictions involving guns and drugs, Clay said.
In 2007, he was convicted of criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun without a license after he fired shots at Indianapolis cops during a traffic stop.
In that case, Boards was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but he was freed by the Indiana Department of Correction in 2019. Boards was released from parole less than a year ago.
Officer Mike Kavanaugh, who was involved in the 2006 police shooting that landed Boards in prison for 13 years, weighed in on Shahnavaz’s killing on Facebook and appeared to condemn Boards’ early release.
“Officers SHAHNAVAZ should still be alive,” he wrote. “Boards should still be in prison. I’m not going to say much more about this.”
Shahnavaz served in the US Army for five years before joining the police force in Elwood 11 months ago. He is survived by his parents and siblings.
“His dream was to serve others and we are proud of what he accomplished in such a short time, both in the military and with Elwood police,” Fishers High School principal Jason Urban said. “The entire FHS Tiger family grieves this tragic loss of such a promising young man full of talent and potential.”
With Post wires